Social Media Intern (Sport And Fitness)   
NSW-Sydney, Our performance sportswear business is looking for a Social Media Intern to join our growing team. The ideal applicant will possess strong knowledge of the digital media landscape, including various social media sites, particularly Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram. The successful candidate will be responsible for contributing monitoring and posting on blogs and social networks, engaging in online
          Opinion: Are millennials too lazy to eat cereal for breakfast?   
Opinion: Are millennials too lazy to eat cereal for breakfast?
  By Dylan Bell and Jasmin Husain It was quite the week for millennials when it came to entertainment news. Leo might finally win an Oscar this weekend Netflix’s bingeworthy Full House sequel, Fuller House, just came out Kanye West, in typical Kanye West performative fashion, has spent the week continually out–Kanye Westing himself Cult sensations Broad City and Girls […]

          Guest Post: 'Getting In & Knowing Stuff'   
This could be you...

Hi all.

As part of the start of a new influx of AdGrads writers, below is an account about how to prepare for interviews by Jen Meyerson Dubbin. Take it away, Jen:

“They aren’t going to expect us to know stuff, right?”
by Jen Meyerson Dubbin

Your blood is pumping. You are hopefully not sweating through your suit. You nervously tap your foot against your leg while sitting on a modern chair that was clearly chosen for design instead of comfort. After having applied to every grad scheme and junior position under the sun, you have landed an interview.

You’re an ad grad who knows their stuff. Your lecturers and professors have prepared you. You brought your portfolio of your previous work to show, and yesterday you reviewed pertinent materials from your lectures to refresh yourself.

You start talking to and sizing up the competition whilst you all wait for a chance to break into Adland. There's someone with a BSc in Biology from Edinburgh, BA in Medieval History from Cambridge, BA in English from Sheffield, and then there's you; an ad grad. When the group finds out you are an ad grad the whole dynamic changes to you versus everyone else. The guy from Cambridge anxiously asks, “They aren’t going to expect us to know stuff, right?” While the girl from Edinburgh reassures him by saying, “They know we aren’t ad people.”

This should be obvious, but make sure you prepare for your interview. When I went on interviews, I was surprised at the number of people who didn’t seem to think they needed to do anything to prepare. Yes, ad agencies do expect you to know about advertising. You aren’t being hired as an account manager or planner for your ability to make a decent cuppa - especially in this economy. There is nothing wrong with never having taken an advertising course, but that’s not a valid excuse to not know about advertising. You wouldn’t expect a lorry driver not to know how to operate a vehicle. No-one expects you to know everything and it's okay to be wrong. However, it’s essential to have an opinion - make sure you're more knowledgeable than a general consumer. 

There are several things you can do to prepare for an advertising interview. It might take a bit of work to get there, but knowledge is empowering and a confidence booster too. Obviously, I can’t cover everything in this post - those who've gotten in, please feel free to post additional recommendations in the comment section.

Knowing how an advertising concept works and having knowledge of a little bit of history is essential; especially if there is a team task involved in the interview process. Sometimes you will be lucky by being informed before the interview the type of task you will be given. Use that information to focus your preparation - for instance, I was in a team where one of members was trying to explain to the team that the target market should be as broad as possible when it should actually be narrow and specific to be optimally targeted. He obviously didn’t do his prep work and it hurt the team. In these situations, you don’t want to be the weak link in your group.

What's more, you should try to find out what the person in the position you are applying for does. There are a lot of websites and blogs that should have the information available (Linkedin, for example). If you can’t find anything, note that some agencies do have quirky job titles, so be sure to ask in the interview. Use what you learned to sell yourself by connecting your skills and experience to the position - most things you've done can be related to advertising in some way - you've just got to know what the job entails.

When it comes to research, look at the agency you are applying to online. You can learn about their agency culture, clients, current & past work, people, and history. You can also find information in trade publications and websites such as (e.g., IPA, Brand Republic).

Learn about other agencies. Agencies are brands with communication products just like Coca-Cola is a brand with soft drink products. Other agencies are the competitors of the agency you are applying for. You don’t need to do SWOT analyses for each, but basics like what they offer, who their current & past clients are, current & past work, and agency culture should have you well covered. In the end, you should be able to talk about what differentiates Agency A from Agency B.

Finally, when I set off in advertising school I thought Planners & Account Managers went to college and Creatives went to portfolio school, but the ad world isn’t like that. There are no extra points for having a communications and business background. No specific mold of what makes an ad person exists. 

Advertising is incredibly diverse. Some people have degrees while others don’t. Those who do have degrees come from a variety of disciplines. Regardless of their discipline, ad people are willing to put in the work to stay current and knowledgeable because they genuinely like what they do.

          Grad Down The Track: Di Caplinska   
We haven't done one of these profiles for a while..

Hello all.

Something a little different today, but a feature that's something that (hopefully), older AdGrads readers will remember. We've got a fairly recent grad, Di Caplinska, who is a planner at Euro RSCG, to write for us about how she got into the business.

So, without further's Di's account:

"On a number of occasions recently I have found myself on the receiving end of questions from soon-to-be graduates about how to get into this tricky industry. A number of paths can be proffered, but how people get into their first advertising job are always interesting - and never straightforward. So with some encouragement from Will and AdGrads, whose contribution to my journey has been invaluable, I have decided to write up mine, as long-winded and frustrating at times as it was.

Coming from Latvia, a small country loved by British stag dos, feared by Scandinavian ice hockey teams, and hated by the IMF, advertising was never really on my radar. Being born in a family of Soviet engineers and spending summer holidays in Maths camps didn’t exactly further my exposure to the industry that is, frankly, still in its infancy anyway (as you’d expect from a country dealing with a communist hangover). My love affair with advertising kicked off when I moved to the UK for University and studied Business, later switching to Marketing - focusing on Brand Management in my final year. At the same time, suddenly finding myself in a new country provoked a deep interest in all things ‘culture, people, and the way they think’, so I started observing the world from an outsider’s perspective to an almost scientific degree. One would have said that is a pretty clear path into Planning, but not before I spent a year in the corporate world of B2B Marketing; something which helped to confirm that it’s not for me. 

My first exposure to advertising in practice (as opposed to through books, blogs, and newsletters – all in this deck) was with JWT London as part of their 2 week Account Management placement just before the start of my final year. Apart from meeting great people, having to squeeze a gigantic papier-mache cow into an elevator, and running 5k in holey Converse, it confirmed my intuitive leaning towards Planning, as well as teaching me very valuable lesson. Namely, that getting in was going to be painful, especially if you don’t have any relevant family contacts, and even more so if your alma mater is outside the Russell Group. And…let’s just say I felt like I was doomed as I wasn't born speaking English and wasn't able to master some eloquent assessment centre banter. With this positive outlook, I decided to harass the finest of JWT’s Planners for advice. Some shared interview wisdom, others bought me encouraging cups of coffee, and one pointed me towards Miami Ad School’s Planning Bootcamp in case graduate schemes didn’t quite work out.

And they didn’t. In the interests of putting my dissertation first, I limited my applications to Planning positions only and managed to secure two final rounds – at Dare and Leo Burnett, but sadly, I didn’t land the coveted gig. In parallel to this, in the climate when redundancies were far more popular than graduate schemes, I pulled out at all stops. I ran a cheeky recruitment Facebook ad that got blogging exposure and some LinkedIn introductions, I milked what advice my lecturers had to give, crashed semi-relevant industry events with a handful of (pretty embarrassing, frankly) business cards, and watched agency twitter feeds for internship opportunities. And when my university wasn’t part of the advertising recruitment milkround, I blagged my way into the one that was - Oxford, which was conveniently next door.

Unemployment panic aside, my graduation week culminated in shooting a cringeworthy video about how geeks are the new mainstream as part of my Miami Ad School application. Less than a month later I was in their Hamburg office trying to shake off that ‘Business School student’ look and soak in all the ideas flying around. Probably the most tangible thing I came out with a few months later was this ‘Junior Planner for Hire’ presentation that has been viewed over 1,000 times since. And then I came across The Planner Survey, an annual report on the state of Planning in the world lovingly crafted by Heather LeFevre, which provided a handy list of relevant recruiters in the UK. In the end I got a break with the help of wise, genuinely interested, and very well-connected people at Copper who helped me land an internship at EuroRSCG London which eventually led to a permanent position.

There it is, a very happy ending! And now, in the interests of keeping karma on my side, I’ve put together this presentation of ultimate tips on getting into the industry. Enjoy it, pass it on, and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions."

Thanks very much, Di. I hope that was interesting for you, AdGrads folk.

          Online profiles   

This really going to be more of an update, or news report than a blog. I know, it's a shame - I haven't blogged in quite a while. The reason is simply because I'm busy with all the tours I have - a nice complaint to have. It's the high season; if i'm not busy now, I don't stand much of a chance of making any money!

Anyway, just wanted to let you know that my online presence can be found in myriad places:
View Rob's tour guide profile on LocalGuiding
This blog, of course!

Any comments or suggestions would be very welcome. Thanks!

          VES and VFX trade organization   
There's a LinkedIn discussion going on regarding Vfx trade organizations and the Vfx foundation. LinkedIn discussion This also includes some potshots at the VES. I wrote up a response but thought...

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          Kick Start!!   
All these years I was thinking to start a blog on the technology that I work on. Better late than never. Now is the time for me to kick start this effort.

I am Pardha Nallan working as a Vmware Architect with a US based Records Management Company. I'm in the industry for little more than 9 years and working in Vmware Virtualization for the past 5 years. I work on VMware vSphere Stack, vSphere PowerCLI, vCenter Orchestrator, vCloud Director, vCloud Automation Center etc..

I have a few IT Certifications like VCP 4&5, ITIL v3 Foundation, MCTS etc.. and aiming towards VCAP Certifications as well.

I can be reached at and my twitter handle is @pardhanallan. My linkedin profile is

Let me start sharing what I know and learn what others know.

Pardha Nallan

          Hands-on Social Media Workshop, Toronto July 2017   

Are you floundering when it comes to understanding social media? Or perhaps a friend or colleague needs help getting up to speed with Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other platforms. On July 27, 2017 I’ll be leading another Hands-on Social Media Workshop. Within the safety and collegiality of a small group, we will cover the WHY […]

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          Social Media 101 Workshop, Toronto   

One of my favourite things: leading workshops to introduce people to the how and why of social media. Despite the seeming ubiquity of social media, I often encounter people who are flummoxed by Facebook, tormented by Twitter, puzzled by Pinterest and left out on LinkedIn. My Social Media 101 Workshop on February 3, 2017 can […]

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          Italy Could Get New Premier This Week    

ITALIAN President Oscar Luigi Scalfaro is widely expected to decide on a premier this week.

President Scalfaro summoned caretaker Premier Silvio Berlusconi, who resigned Dec. 22, for talks at the presidential palace Sunday. The premier has pressed the president to rename him, but Mr. Scalfaro's intentions are unclear.

Scalfaro is to resume consultations with other political leaders today before naming a premier.

If he doesn't chose Mr. Berlusconi or a Berlusconi ally, Scalfaro could turn to a center-left combination dominated by former Communists and Christian Democrats.

Or he could ask a political outsider, such as an economist, to put together a government until new elections.

Berlusconi resigned last month after the leader of a former coalition partner, the Northern League, withdrew his support for the embattled premier.

On Sunday, Interior Minister Roberto Maroni openly challenged Umberto Bossi for leadership of the Northern League, further complicating Berlusconi's future.

Prince Charles hurts Britain's monarchy the most, poll says

PRINCE CHARLES has done more damage to the monarchy than any other member of the royal family, according to participants in a poll published Monday.

The poll for The Guardian newspaper also found that two-thirds were opposed to royals having relationships outside marriage, as Charles has admitted doing.

Asked who had most damaged the monarchy, 51 percent named Charles. Twenty percent picked ``Fergie,'' the Duchess of York, while 14 percent named Charles' estranged wife, Princess Diana.

Sixty-six percent said the royal family should set a moral example by not having relationships outside marriage. Charles publicly admitted last year that he had an affair after his marriage had broken down.

However, 63 percent thought that Charles should still become king even if he and Diana divorce. They've been separated since December 1992.

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          Exercice illégal de la profession d’avocat : une infraction de responsabilité stricte   
Par Sophie Lecomte

Dans Barreau de Montréal c. Lavertu, 2017 QCCQ 2781, le Barreau du Québec poursuit pour exercice illégal de la profession le défendeur, qui s’annonce sur LinkedIn comme avocat membre du Barreau du Québec alors qu’il ne l’est pas, en violation des articles 132, 133c) et 136a) de la Loi sur le Barreau et à l’article 188 du Code des professions.

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Two Hearts ~ One Love series, book 2
by Daryl Devoré

Genre: Contemporary Romance *heat level hot*

It's complicated is not only her relationship status, but the definition of Erika Bailey's life. She loves managing her drag queen club in Bangkok, Thailand, but her rock star boyfriend resides in North Carolina. And to top it off, her father threatens she must stay away from Darien or lose the Pink Flamingo. Does she protect her club or her love?

Darien Scott, Grammy award winning international superstar, wants nothing more than to wake up in the arms of Erika, the woman he loves, but contractual obligations force him to exotic video shoots and an isolated movie set with one of Hollywood's sexiest stars.

With the feeding frenzy of social media trending every aspect of Darien's life—real or not—it's hard for Erika to know the truth. Will she be able to see through the lies and trust Darien? Or will evidence from damaging Internet rumors condemn their relationship?

Erika rubbed her palms on her thighs. "Darien went out with his friends and they got a little drunk. Then some girls came over and started chatting."

"Bitches." Sandee pursed his lips.

"Oh, I haven't got to the bitch yet."

"What?" Sandee pressed his hand on his chest.

"Her name's Savannah and she's an ex."

His eyes widen. "Oh. No. He didn't. I will bitch slap that boy the next time I see him." He chuckled. "I think I just channeled Ra-chell."

"She kissed him. Twice. Then suggested they leave for somewhere more private."

He placed his hands over his ears. "La la la. I'm not listening."

Erika laughed and pulled his hands down. "He didn't go with her. He went home."

Sandee scratched his head. "So why are you so sad?"

"He almost did. What if he had?" Her voice broke on the last word.

"Look on the bright side. He didn't cheat on you." Sandee held out his hands palm up. "Think of it this way. He went to the donut store. He had a choice between a chocolate covered donut or a bagel." He lifted his left hand. "Donut." Then his right hand. "Bagel. The donut has sprinkles. Sprinkles will get a man every time. I outta know, I'm awesome with sprinkles." He fanned himself.

"Trust me Sandee, there is no one as fab-U-lous as you."

"I know. But back to Darien. Darien wants the donut. He lusts after the donut. His groin is on fire for the sprinkles."

Erika waved her hand in front of her face. "I'm getting the picture."

"But did he eat the donut?" Sandee shook his head. "No. He tossed the donut on her ass." He flipped his left hand with a pompous sneer.

"Which leaves me being the bagel." She raised an eyebrow.

Erika Bailey, owner/manager of a drag queen club in Bangkok, Thailand has happily settled into all aspects of her new life, except for her lack of a love life. When a new diva auditions, Erika is bewildered over her instant attraction to the blond God, Apollo. 

Darien Scott is on vacation after a world tour and mistakenly figures the safest place to be is at The Black Dragon with the head of a Triad. When the club is hit, Darien is the only person to get out alive. Now he's running from the police and a Triad. Mistake number 1.

Disguised as a drag queen, he's hired by Erika, but falls hard for his new boss, then struggles with not coming clean with her. Mistake number 2.

Can he fix his mistakes and find a life filled with love or is he headed straight for mistake number 3?

Daryl Devore (@darydevore) lives in an in old farmhouse in Ontario, Canada, with her husband, a large salt water aquarium full of fish, a black cat named Licorice and some house ghosts. Her daughter is grown and has flown the nest. Daryl loves to take long walks up her quiet country road, or snow shoe across the back acres and in the summer, kayak along the St. Lawrence River. She has touched a moon rock, a mammoth and a meteorite. She's been deep in the ocean in a submarine, flown high over Niagara Falls in a helicopter and used the ladies room in a royal palace. Life's an adventure and Daryl's having fun living it.

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          Bahasa Pemrograman Web Populer dan Database yang Digunakan    
Anda penasaran, teknologi apa yang digunakan oleh layanan-layanan web populer di internet? Kinerja layanan mereka yang cepat, sajian informasi yang dinamis, dan tampilan yang interaktif bisa Anda contoh untuk Anda terapkan di website yang Anda kelola. Jika Anda sudah menggunakan teknologi ini, maka pada tahap awal, Anda sudah berada di jalur yang benar.

Di balik halaman-halaman website mereka yang dinamis dan interaktif, ternyata bahasa pemrograman dan pengolah database yang digunakan pada server mereka adalah sebagai berikut:
  • Google: Pemrograman C, C++, Java, Python, dan PHP. Database menggunakan BigTable.
  • Facebook: Pemrograman PHP, C++, Java, Python, Erlang. Database menggunakan MySQL.
  • YouTube: Pemrograman C, Python, Java. Database menggunakan MySQL.
  • Yahoo: Pemrograman PHP. Database menggunakan MySQL.
  • Live: Pemrograman ASP.NET. Database menggunakan Microsoft SQL Server.
  • MSN: Pemrograman ASP.NET. Database menggunakan Microsoft SQL Server.
  • Wikipedia: Pemrograman PHP. Database menggunakan MySQL.
  • Blogger: Pemrograman Python. Database menggunakan BigTable.
  • Bing: Pemrograman ASP.NET. Database menggunakan Microsoft SQL Server.
  • Twitter: Pemrograman C++, Java, RoR, Scala. Database tidak diketahui.
  • Wordpress: Pemrograman PHP. Database menggunakan MySQL.
  • Amazon: Pemrograman Java, J2EE, C++, Perl. Database tidak diketahui.
  • eBay: Pemrograman Java, WebSphere, Servlets. Database menggunakan Oracle.
  • Linkedin: Pemrograman Java, Scala. Database tidak diketahui.

Adapun teknologi untuk pemrograman client-side yang digunakan rata-rata adalah JavaScript dan Ajax. Adapun Flash hanya dipakai di Youtube. Kemungkinan Silverlight hanya dipakai di situs-situs Microsoft seperti Live, MSN, dan Bing.

          3 Things Every Digital Marketer MUST Do When They Return From Vacation   

 Written by Travis Pryor, Digital Account Strategist


Vacation is amazing. Vacation is important. Don’t ruin your vacation as soon as you get home by jumping in the wrong way. Follow these three steps to enjoy your vacation, to maximize your creativity, and to be reenergized when you return.

          Introducing the New ActiveRain Home Page Activity Feed   
Notice something different? We just did a major overhaul on the content that appears on the ActiveRain home page! Every day on ActiveRain we receive nearly 1,000 blog posts and questions from our amazing community.  One of the biggest challenges for us is to find the most thought-provoking content and make it discoverable to the community at large. Historically, ActiveRain has had a secret group of members who had the power to "feature" a blog post or a question which would prompt it to appear on our home page.  The quality of these selections was amazingly good, but what always hurt to think about were the 990 other pieces of content that day might never see the light of day. What Gets Selected for the Home Page? On our new home page, we are looking to include a lot more content in the activity feed. In addition to our hand-picked (featured) blogs and questions, we are now including:"Popular Blogs" that receive a certain number of Likes "High Traffic Blogs" that receive a certain number of pageviews "Popular Questions" that receive a certain number of Answers "Popular Answers" that receive a certain number of Upvotes "Follow this Member" call-outs for people who reach the 200,000 point milestone While we definitely want to be a transparent about what we're up to, we aren't revealing any of the exact formulas that surface content. The fact is, some of our point-crazed members will look for ways to exploit this new system so we'll frequently be changing the criteria. How Do I Get My Content Highlighted? The beauty of this new system is that so many more people can find their way to the home page.  Here are the tips that will get you ranked: Write Great Content - Hopefully, this was an obvious one for you. When you write thoughtful content that helps our community do their jobs better and live their lives fuller, we'll see "social signals" from the community such as Likes, Upvotes, etc. Share It - Share your blog posts on Facebook, LinkedIn, and other social networks.  Get it in the hands of your peers and your contacts.  When we see traffic reaching your content, we assume that you've written something worth reading! Build Your Audience - We are doing a lot of work on the idea of Following people on ActiveRain.  Here is your "insider tip" if you're still reading this post... START FOLLOWING MORE PEOPLE!!!  We have some cool projects in the works to reward the people who are creating connections in the community. What Happens Next? We are going to be watching this activity feed in the coming weeks to make sure everything continues working as we expect it to it to. Will there be bumps in the road? You bet. This change definitely has some risk but if our predictions are right on the benefits to our community it will be worth it. All of our team here would like to extend our most heartfelt thank you to our secret team of "feature fairies".  Your work over the years has molded this community and your contribution is invaluable.  We know that this is a huge change for you guys and it wasn't something we take lightly.  We wrote some special rules in the code to make sure you are still able to suggest the best of the best blog posts to our community and look forward to having your suggestions fuel our Daily Drop newsletter.--- Keep Up In the Rain!
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          Helping the World's homeless; Vietnamese in France proud, divided    

"We are proud to be Vietnamese," says Do Queyen, a young woman gracefully attired in a dark indigo ao dai the traditional Vietnamese tunic. "We all want to go back eventually."

The spacious walled inner garden of the 18th-century Paris convent bustles with hundreds of noisy children, many of them dressed in traditional costume. They are eagerly celebrating trung thu, the Vietnamese mid-autumn festival, organized by France's anticommunist Vietnamese community.

Only a few months ago some of these laughing and singing children ahd fled Vietnam with their parents aboard cramped fishing vessels, surviving a hazardous gauntlet of pirates, storms, and drownings before reaching the often sordid refugee camps of Sotheast Asia.

"It's very important for us to help reserve and pass on our culture to the children," remarks Do Queyen, as students and members of teh Phudong (Vietnamese Boy Scouts) organize ball games and play blindman's bluff beneath the majestic chestnut trees decorated with colorful banners and lanterns.

Old men eat Chinese cakes and isp mango juice while chatting quietly on benches along the wall. Parents wander through the maze, greeting friends or shouting encouragement to their children. Several French nuns, whose religious order has helped arrange the festival, watch benignly from the cloisters.

Do Queyen is the young woman's nom d'artiste. a part-time announcer for Radio France's fortnightly, Vietnamese-language program, she adopted the name to symbolize the plight of her people. Do Queyen, she explains, is a legendary Vietnamese bird that was forced to leave its homeland and wept until it died because it could never return.

The Vietnamese community in France, the largest in europe, now numbers between 150,000 and 200,000 persons. Unlike the Vietnemese who have sought refuge in the United States, the community here is split into two significant factions: those who are pro-Hanoi, consisting mainly of students, workers, and long-established exiles; and those who are anti-Hanoi, with supporters among students from the south and the middle class.

Most of the anti-Hanoi faction, the smaller of the two groups, fled Vietnam after 1975. Despite their differences, the two groups remain deeply attached to their homeland.

"Even though we are sadly divided," notes a representative of the communist Association des Vietnamiens de France, "we know that we have not lost our compatriots. We admit that economic conditions are extremely rough in Vietnam and that many people are leaving. But they will come back. We need them and they will never forget that they are Vietnamese."

Do Queyen, educated in a French convent in Saigon as were many many middle-class Vietnamese, maintains she will never adopt the nationality of her exile country.

"We all had a great shock when we arrived," she explains. "Our conception of France had nothing to do with reality. Over there, we thought we were like the French. But here we realize that we are Vietnamese."

The pro-Hanoi and anti-Hanoi groups vie with each other in organizing festivals and influencing the young. "We all realize tht children might forget who they really are," says Tran Dinh Thuc of the noncommunist Association Generale des Edtudiantes Vietnamiens (AGEV) in Paris.

"Language is the real obstacle," he adds. "Already many Vietnamese children speak only French among themselves. They only get to speak Vietnamese when at home."

Because of its colonial strings, France has traditionally attracted Vietnamese. By the early 1970s, France could boast a thriving Vietnamese community with hundreds of restaurants, shops, and small businesses in Paris, in the south of France, and in many provincial towns. There was also a sizable Vietnamese student population.

In 1975, the community began to swell with refugees fleeing the communist takeover in Vietnam. Most of them represented the bourgeoisie from Saigon, the city name still used here by both communist and noncommunist Vietnamese. The great majority come from Southeast Asian refugee camps. But some 200 refugees with exit visas or of French nationality are flown in every month from the former South Vietnamese capital.

Besides Vietnamese, tens of thousands of other Indo-Chinese have poured into France since 1975.(Of the 70,000 total, some are of Vietnamese origin.) Whole quarters in Paris have turned Oriental almost overnight with the recent influxes of Laotians, Cambodians (Khmer), Chinese, and Vietnamese. At the Porte de Choisy in the south, for example, dozens of Indo-Chinese restaurants, grocery stores, bookshops, and even travel agencies have sprung up. Towering new apartment buildings are now 80 percent Asian occupied.

Both the pro-Hanoi and anti-Hanoi groups feel France has been unenthusiastic about absorbing too many Indo-Chinese. The country maintains a 1,000-a-month quota -- but it sometimes remains unfilled. Government officials deny they have been sitting on the quota. But observers point out that France has considerably tightened it entrance requirements for immigrants and refugees.

From the opposite point of view, the communists and others criticize the government for taking in refugees when hundreds of thousands of north African workers face explusion because of high unemployment. And critics complain that factories such as Citroen have hired numerous Indo-Chinese for jobs that used to be held by Frenchmen or immigrants.

Despite such complaints, many French consider the Indo-Chinese good workers, reliable tenants, adn polite neighbors. "I have nothing against them," exclaims one cafe owner in the Porte de Choisy area. "They don't make any noise, and as far as I'm concerned, are always welcome."

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          Periodic Table of Social Media Elements Reminds You to Optimze Your Social Media Plan   
Rick Liebling has created a Period Table of Social Elements on eyecube that made me get thinking on brands use of social media. I included the image below, and the key can be found in the original post on eyecube.

In his words: Social Media really is a lot like chemistry. There is a huge pool of elements you can choose from and an infinite variety of combinations you can create. Twitter + sharing + commenting will give you a different result than blogging + LinkedIn + Flickr. Then of course there are the active ingredients - the people. A dash of Chris Brogan plus a big helping of David Armano and the whole thing changes again.

Often we are approached by brands and clients saying "I want a Twitter strategy" or "I want to be on Facebook." But not every brand that succeeds on Twitter will succeed on Facebook. @Comcastcares uses Twitter as a tool, but can you find a successful Comcast effort anywhere on MySpace?

As agencies, we need to find the right mix of social elements, and when appropriate, the right hyper-connected people to work with or learn from, to deliver the best possible Social Media Mix to our clients.

This gives a great image of all the different options in a quick-get way of understanding the mixing and matching capabilities of all-things social. You blow up a balloon with CO2 and it sits on the floor. Inflate it with helium and it floats.

          Welcome Weekend   

New Leep - LIS online (summer and fall 2017) students are required to attend a welcoming weekend of on-campus orientation, community building, and professional networking. Visit the Welcome Weekend website for more information.

Questions? Contact mbedward [at] (Meg Edwards)


Various locations throughout the iSchool building.


Student Affairs

Event Date: 

Thu, 09/21/2017 (All day) to Sun, 09/24/2017 (All day)

          Intelligente und personalisierte Kommunikation durch LinkedIn   
Dass Microsoft und Salesforce im Bereich Vertriebssoftware seit Jahren denselben Markt umkämpfen, ist nichts Neues. Jetzt zückt Microsoft allerdings seine neueste Waffe: Das Social Network LinkedIn wird als Sales Navigator direkt an die Business-Software Dynamics 365 angebunden.
          Comment on 8 Things People Don’t Tell You About Social Media – But You Should Know - The Social Ms by John JB Russell   
Great article... Thanks for sharing. One thing I'd ask - (honestly... I'm intrigued) is why you wouldn't link to some other resources on your website that might answer questions raised in your article, support points you're making or back up statements that you've made. (click bait as well as increasing time on site... Also, I've reseached and understand LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and am getting to grips with Google+... but what's the secret sauce for Pinterest? Thanks! John
          Blue Apron Prices IPO At Bottom Of Deeply Discounted Range   
Blue Apron Prices IPO At Bottom Of Deeply Discounted Range Perhaps impacted by Amazon's Whole Foods' deal, *Blue Apron just priced its IPO at $10 (30 million shares)*.

Blue Apron Holdings #IPO - $APRN $IPO priced 30mm shares at a price of $10.00, and will debut tomorrow (6/29).

— IPO Boutique (@IPOBoutique) June 28, 2017

*The food-kit-delivery company slashed its marketed initial public offering price by 34% Wednesday*, cutting the range from $15 to $17 a share to $10 to $11, *the second biggest cut in five years*.


*Perhaps the crushing discount on the IPO is because of this...*

Via Daniel McCarthy, Assistant Professor of Marketing at Emory University,

*Good companies can acquire many customers cheaply, retain existing customers for extended periods of time, and generate a lot of revenue while those customers are alive.* Putting it simply, the litmus test of any company’s financial success is the ability to acquire many high lifetime value (LTV) customers. Being LTV-centric is at the heart of being customer centric.

*Does Blue Apron, which recently priced its IPO at a very healthy ~$3 billion implied valuation (or almost 3.5 times trailing twelve month revenues), pass the test?* In my last note on Blue Apron, which was recently cited in the Wall Street Journal, I showed that while Blue Apron disclosed nothing explicitly about its customer retention, and very little about how its customer acquisition cost (CAC) has been changing over time, it disclosed just enough to use the modeling approach that I advocated in a recent journal article to “back out” what these figures are most likely to be. The conclusion: Blue Apron doesn’t retain customers for very long, and the cost to acquire customers has been on the rise lately. These are important ingredients to the overall customer-based corporate valuation recipe. At the same time, there is a lot more that we can learn from Blue Apron’s S-1 disclosures.

I went back and built a much more complete model to leverage all the data that Blue Apron has disclosed. I explicitly model how customers are acquired, how long they remain customers before churning, how many orders they make while they are retained, and how much they spend on each of those orders. This more general model allows us to incorporate all the metrics that Blue Apron has disclosed, such as six-month cumulative revenue for annual customer cohorts. It allows us to refine answers to previous questions, such as what Blue Apron’s retention curve looks like, and answer new ones, such as how the post-acquisition profitability of customers has been changing over time, and whether younger customers generate more revenues as they age or not (e.g., that the customers who stick for a long time around reorder a substantial amount).

The results continue to suggest challenges ahead – retention is even weaker than I had originally estimated it to be, new acquisition cohorts are generating less revenues than old ones, and as customers age, they spend less and not more with the firm. In recent months, I estimate that Blue Apron is losing money on ~70% of the customers that it acquires. I dive into the model briefly next, before expanding on these conclusions.

-*The Model*-

My model for the acquisition and retention of users remains the same, using only the cost per acquired customer, historical marketing expense, and active customer data as inputs. However, I built additional models for how many orders customers make while they are alive, and how much they will spend on a particular order. I estimate parameters for each of these models so that what we expect the data to be is as consistent as possible with the disclosed data. As before, wonkish comments are provided below.

The resulting relatively simple composite model does an excellent job of fitting the observed data. As shown below, it provides a very reasonable fit to all the data – the number of active customers, total customer acquisitions, orders, revenues, and cumulative revenue per acquired customer metrics. I provide a series of charts summarizing this performance below, all of which are accessible in Excel spreadsheet form here (download), if you would like to examine the numbers yourself. On to the charts!

Quarterly total number of active customers:

*Aside: Total active customers must be larger than total subscribers, and it is unconventional for a subscription business such as Blue Apron to report the former instead of the latter.* Blue Apron defines active customers to be the total number of customers who have placed at least one order during the quarter, regardless of whether or not that customer has churned by the end of the quarter or not, from what I can tell. Active customers is a more appropriate metric for (and traditionally only disclosed by) non-subscription businesses such as social networking companies, mobile gaming companies, and e-commerce retailers (e.g., Facebook, LinkedIn, Zynga, and Amazon’s e-commerce business).

Cumulative customers acquired, Q1 2014 to Q1 2017:


Quarterly total orders:

Quarterly total revenue:

Cumulative revenue per acquired customer for customers acquired between Q1 2014 and Q1 2017, 6 to 36 months out:

Cumulative revenue per acquired customer over next six months for customers acquired in 2014, 2015, and 2016:


The fact that my relatively simple model is consistent with the data along so many key dimensions at the same time provides some comfort that we can trust the results of the model. Let’s discuss those results next.

-*The Results: Anti-stickiness – Low Retention and Declining Revenue per Customer, Over Time and Across Cohorts*-

Here is a summary of what I found from the deeper dive:

*1.   The retention curve is worse than I originally had estimated it to be. *While my substantive conclusion remains the same, I estimate that *72%* of customers will churn by the time they are six months old. Because Blue Apron cannot retain customers for extended periods of time means that CAC is effectively part of cost of goods sold. CAC should go down relatively sharply over time as a percentage of sales at healthy businesses, as sales are increasingly derived from loyal customers who have been around for a while. When customers churn out very quickly, that pool of loyal customer revenue remains small, making CAC effectively variable in nature.

*2.   The revenue that Blue Apron is generating from more recently-acquired customers is less than from customers acquired in the past.* Every new acquisition cohort generates, on average, about $7 less in revenues over the next 6 months than the cohort which preceded it, which adds up quickly over time. In other words, while the cost to acquire new customers is going up, the go-forward value of those newly acquired customers is going down. Both trends are driving LTV lower over time. I suspect that this is due at least in part to the vast sums of money that Blue Apron is spending upon subscriber acquisition expenses (SAE). It is very common to see LTV go way down when SAE goes way up.

*3.   While customers are alive, the amount of revenue that Blue Apron generates from them tends to go down, not up, over time. *This makes it unlikely that long-time loyal customers will “bail out” the firm because they are also high spenders, a common trend at mobile gaming companies, for example – in fact, we infer that the opposite has been taking place. As customers get older, they place fewer orders on average, which is only slightly offset by a marginal increase in spend per order over time. Customers are not “sticky.” Moreover, at subscription-based businesses like Blue Apron, there is only so much that big spenders can spend, while there is no such upper bound at non-subscription businesses.

*4.   70% of recent Blue Apron customers will not break even.* We estimate that CAC in Q1 2017 is $147. To break even at this CAC, new customers must generate at least $565 of net revenue (i.e., gross revenue minus returns and promotional discounts), assuming Blue Apron’s variable contribution margin is equal to ~26%. The chart above shows that newer customers must remain subscribed for about 4.5 months to generate this much revenue. However, almost 70% of customers churn by this time and thus do not break even. Even though Blue Apron turns a profit on the remaining 30% of customers, the break-even point is moving farther away with every new cohort due to declining revenue and growing CAC for newer customers.

*In summary, this customer-based analysis spells trouble for Blue Apron, with important measures of customer health in decline.* Amazon’s recent acquisition of Whole Foods is likely to make it even more difficult to keep those Blue Apron subscribers coming back. I recommend that Blue Apron redouble its efforts upon activities that will make customers “sticky” in the long run. Investors are clamoring for customer metrics so that they can go beneath surface-level financial metrics to better understand Blue Apron’s underlying unit economics. I hope that this analysis takes investors a step closer to what they are looking for, and that Blue Apron will begin disclosing a few more.

A big acknowledgement goes to Valery Rastorguev. All errors and omissions are mine.

-*Wonkish Comments*-

1.   The model for the acquisition and retention of users over time is essentially unchanged from our previous analysis, except for two factors:

· I re-incorporate marketing spend into the acquisition process. More than ever, the data demanded that this covariate be included because it had a strong positive relationship with customer acquisition. While I would not read too deeply into its coefficient estimate, including it gives us a much “cleaner read” into the company’s retention trends, as well as the evolution of CAC over time. It implies acquisitions are more front-loaded than previously estimated, which as I suggested in my previous post, led to worse retention trends.
· I accounted for the aforementioned fact that Blue Apron reports active customers and not total subscribers.

2.   The total orders model assumes that customers by definition place an order the week they are acquired as customers. They will make purchases in subsequent weeks with some probability, which is a function of how tenured the customer is, and when they were acquired as a customer. The model allows for seasonal fluctuation in the order rate over time.

3.   The spend per order model assumes that the expected revenue derived from a particular customer’s order is some function of a time-invariant baseline, how tenured the customer is, and when they were acquired as a customer.

4.   The retention, order, and spend processes are assumed to be independent of one another a priori (but not a posteriori, if individual-level data were available).

5.   The variable contribution margin is assumed to be equal to Blue Apron’s most recent gross margin (31%), less 5% of sales from non-SAE operating expenses which are assumed to be effectively variable in nature. This is substantively consistent with Lee Cower’s assessment of fully loaded contribution margin. Had I optimistically assumed that no non-SAE operating expenses are effectively variable in nature, the current break-even point is closer to four months.

6.   I agree with Lee Cower’s comments regarding margin improvement over the past few years. However, I also agree with his opinion that gross margin improvement appears to have stopped and thus is unlikely to resume in the future.

7.   The proposed model’s implied six-month retention rate of approximately 30% is consistent with the retention rate estimated by business intelligence firm SecondMeasure, and implies that business intelligence firm 1010data’s 10% retention rate estimate is pessimistic. A helpful benefit of methods such as the one proposed in this note, which leverage first-party disclosures, is that they do not rely upon data from a panel of users which may not be representative of the overall customer base of the focal firm in question.

*  *  *

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          Drive expansion in China   
Are you up for a year of adventure? We are looking for someone to be a part of a team whose main purpose is to help IKEA grow on the Chinese market. The assignment is initially for one year with an optional extension. Your employment will be within Capgemini Sweden but you will be located in Shanghai
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If you know of anyone running an ICT-related business (including areas such as digital media, for example), someone who wants to start an ICT business or who runs an ICT intensive business, please help to spread the word. We know that Wollongong-based businesses do a lot of work outside the region, so if you're based in Sydney, Canberra or beyond, you are most welcome to attend to.

We're also quite excited to have CSC's Chief Technology and Innovation, Bob Hayward (follow him on Twitter), as our key note for the evening.

We're also looking for lucky door prizes and etc, and I hear that Google might be coming to the party in that respect. However, if you can help out in some way I would love to hear from you.

BTW The reason I'm telling you all of this is that I'm currently the president of ICTI.

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          China Premier Visits India, Former Enemy    

ICY relations between China and India look set to thaw with a fence-mending visit by Chinese Premier Li Peng to New Delhi this week.Mr. Li will be the first Chinese prime minister to visit India since 1960. Border trade between the world's two most populous countries was suspended and consulates in Bombay and Shanghai closed when a border war erupted in 1962. China's ambassador to India, Cheng Ruisheng, said the giant neighbors shared the view that economic development was the top priority for developing nations, followed by human rights. China has been sharply criticized for human rights abuses after its 1989 military crackdown on pro-democracy protesters. India is under scrutiny for alleged human rights violations in its northern, Muslim-majority Jammu and Kashmir state, riven by a separatist movement, and in Punjab, where it is fighting Sikh separatists. Diplomats said the complexity of the divisive border issue meant it would take time to resolve. India says China occupies 14,500 square miles of its territory, and China says India's Arunachal Pradesh state covers 34,750 square miles of Chinese land. India is concerned about the flow of Chinese arms into neighboring Burma, whose military government New Delhi opposes.

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          Google Improves Job Search with Listings from Many Websites   


Google has launched a new tool that lets users search for new job listings across many major career websites.

Beginning Tuesday, English-speaking job seekers in the United States will be able to use the new service. The new search tool was first announced at Google’s yearly developer’s conference in May.

Now, when people search for “jobs” or “jobs near me” on Google, the results will include listings from a number of websites. In the past, a Google job search only brought up general results from major jobs sites. With the new results, users can connect directly to the job descriptions that interest them.

Among the major job sites cooperating with Google are LinkedIn, Monster, Careerbuilder, Facebook, ZipRecruiter and Glassdoor.

The tool allows job seekers to narrow their search by category, job title or date posted. The new search service can also let users know how long it will take to drive to the new job.

As with many career websites, people can also request that alerts or emails be sent to inform them of new jobs of interest.

Google says the new system helps job seekers by putting many different listings in one place. Users no longer have to go onto multiple websites to search.

An announcement on the company’s website said the system is powered by Google’s machine learning technology. This makes the results more relevant and provides suggestions to users of other possible jobs of interest, the company said. The search is also supposed to prevent duplicate or old listings from coming up.

The new Google search tool lets users connect directly to job descriptions that interest them. (GOOGLE) The new Google search tool lets users connect directly to job descriptions that interest them. (GOOGLE)

Google plans to keep adding new job sites to the system over time. The company said it has encouraged all job providers to make openings available through the new Google career search.

The system is available for people using a desktop or mobile device.

The new service is Google’s latest attempt to keep users on the search engine while they seek various products. The company already expanded its search capabilities related to travel, ordering food and connecting users to other local services.

I’m Bryan Lynn.

Bryan Lynn wrote this story for VOA Learning English, based on a report from the Associated Press and other sources. Hai Do was the editor.

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    • LMS integration
    • Adaptive and customized learning
    • Analytics to improve learning
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    • Building an AI tutor
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    LinkedIn llega a los 500 millones de usuarios

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              Digital Marketing Intern at Centrion Staffing Solutions   
    Keeping pace with the demands of a diverse and expanding scope of business services requires strategic cost effective staffing solutions to strengthen, improve, and drive customer competitiveness in today's marketplace. Centurion Staffing Group offices throughout New Jersey offer not only local market expertise but a proven track record of knowledge, innovation, and excellence. Our emergence as an industry leader has created rapid expansion of our services across our borders into New York and Pennsylvania. We are a full service staffing firm providing cost effective placement options such as temporary and permanent staffing as well as on-site management. Duties for the Digital Marketing Internships Planning, implementing, tracking and generate new business leads by optimizing our brand visibility across all digital channels. Maintaining Websites, face book, twitter, LinkedIn, You tube and other social media channels. Responding to comments and customer queries in a timely manner Monitoring and reporting on feedback and online reviews. Liaise with the Sales departments to stay updated on new products and features Stay up-to-date with digital technology trends. Perform any other work related duty as may be assigned. Digital Marketing Internships Qualifications Minimum Diploma in Sales & Marketing from a recognized institution of higher learning. Knowledge in Web design or Web management, Digital marketing or any other relevant courses. Knowledge of Google Analytics will be an added advantage. Good command of English Language. Personal skills and attributes required. Familiarity with Social networking sites desired. Interest in community development and management Strong interpersonal and communication skills. Be able to work with minimum supervision Creative and open minded. Should be between 22- 25 years old
              Kommentar zu SemPress von Richard MacManus   
    I’ve decided to re-design my personal website, <a href=""></a>. My primary reason is to become a full-fledged member of the IndieWeb community. If I’m writing about Open Web technologies here on <a href="">AltPlatform</a>, then I ought to be eating my own dog food. Another reason is to discover – likely by trial and error – how to route around Walled Gardens like Facebook and Twitter, which host so much of our content these days. In other words, my goal is to make my personal website the hub for my Web presence. Finally, I want to re-discover blogging in 2017 – what it can do in this era, who’s doing interesting things and how, and what opportunities there might be for the Open Web to cross into the mainstream. So in a series of posts on AltPlatform, I’m going to document my re-design and see where it takes me. Goals With any website re-design, you need to know what you’re trying to achieve. 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Principles In addition to these goals, I have started jotting down some principles. These are personal to me, so they may not be relevant to others. One of my principles is to maintain my privacy about certain things. The Social Web is great, but I have come to really dislike the oversharing aspect of it. So, for example, I don’t wish to share what books I read or what music I listen to. Those are things I prefer to keep to myself. In other words I will be selective about which social streams I aggregate on my blog. The stuff I share on Facebook with my friends and family, for example, will stay on Facebook where it belongs. I may aggregate my Mastodon stream, perhaps even my Twitter, but if I do it will be for experimental reasons. It’ll be to see what value it has on my website (perhaps none, in which case the experiment will end). Let’s now get to the re-design… Getting started My website runs on and is hosted at InMotion. Here’s what my website looked like just before I began IndieWebifying it: <a href=""></a> It was an okay design, based on the Tortuga theme. But it didn’t really connect me to other people, or help sell many books for that matter. So it was ripe for disruption! The first thing I did was go to the <a href="">IndieWeb community wiki</a>. Over the years, it has built up a number of tools to help you create a personal website that not only communicates your online presence, but also connects you to other blogs – as well as social media (such as Twitter and Mastodon). There’s a <a href="">Getting Started</a> page, which is of course a great place to start. That pointed me to <a href="">IndieWebify.Me</a>, which has a step-by-step guide. Even better for my purposes was the <a href="">Getting Started on WordPress</a> page, much of which was written by AltPlatform’s own Chris Aldrich. Before I got stuck in, I wanted further inspiration from other indie bloggers. 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The re-design begins During my initial research, I discovered the fastest way to get up to speed was install an IndieWeb recommended WordPress theme. So I switched from my old theme to one called <a href="">SemPress</a>, designed by Matthias Pfefferle. It’s a brilliant design from a technical point of view, since it supports all the latest Open Web standards. The design isn’t as colourful as my previous one, but I’ll work on personalizing it later. <a href=""></a> I then installed the IndieWeb family of plugins, which you can find by simply searching “IndieWeb” in the plugin directory. Here are the individual plugins you get, and what each one enables: Webmention – allows you to send and receive by adding webmention support to WordPress. Mentions show up as comments on your site. Semantic Linkbacks  – makes IndieWeb comments and mentions look better on your site. Post Kinds – Allows you to reply/like/RSVP etc to another site from your own, by adding support for kinds of posts to WordPress. Bridgy Publish – Adds a user interface for using Bridgy to publish to other sites Syndication Links – Adds fields to a post to allow manual entry of syndication links as well as automatically from a supported syndication plugin. In a nutshell, those five plugins allow you to a) send and receive responses with your site; and b) syndicate your content to other sites. After installing these and playing around, I tested the Post Kinds plugin by <a href="">posting a reply</a> to <a href="">a post Chris wrote</a>. Essentially I created a new post on my site, which looked like this: <a href=""></a> Eventually my reply showed up on Chris’ original post. Of course it reminded me of trackbacks from the 03/04 era. After I saw how easy it was to post all kinds of social content to one’s own site, I re-designed my menu to include “Social Streams” – with the sub-categories “Reply,” “Like,” and “Note.” I may add other types of social streams, like Chris has done on his site, as I continue my experiments. So, I’ve made a start re-designing my website into an IndieWeb one. I still have a lot to do, including adding my own design. But I’ll continue to document my progress in the next post. 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              Microsoft Regional Director per altri due anni: cos'è e cosa fa un RD   

    Recentemente mi è stato offerto, per la terza volta consecutiva, di ricoprire il ruolo di Microsoft Regional Director per l'Italia (tecnicamente, per South Europe, ma non mastico bene né spagnolo, né portoghese, per cui, nei fatti, è l'Italia la mia zona di azione). Ovviamente ho accettato, perché questo particolare ruolo mi piace molto e ricevere questo riconoscimento da parte di Microsoft mi fa più che piacere.

    Questo è il mio profilo sul sito ufficiale.

    Ma cos'è e cosa fa un Regional Director? Ne ho già scritto in passato, ma ogni volta ricevo telefonate/e-mail/whatsapp/messaggi su Linkedin che mi fanno le congratulazioni per il mio ingresso in Microsoft. In realtà, noi non lavoriamo per Microsoft, ma insieme a Microsoft.

    Di fatto, il nostro è un ruolo di advisor non pagati. Siamo un centinaio di persone al mondo che hanno il privilegio di poter influenzare il modo in cui Microsoft percepisce il mercato, avendo un contatto diretto con gli executive di Corporation, ricevendo informazioni di prima mano direttamente dai team e collaborando con la filiale locale.

    Qui trovate diverse FAQ sull'argomento.

    Parte del nostro compito è anche quello di rendere più semplice lo scambio all'interno dell'ecosistema delle community, favorendo la discussione tra Microsoft e i suoi clienti.

    Sono molto contento di poter continuare quest'avventura per altri due anni, fino a giugno del 2019.

    Maggiori informazioni sul programma sono disponibili sul sito ufficiale.

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              LinkedIn: aprenda como usar essa ferramenta e crescer na carreira   

    Não faz muito tempo que eu escrevi uma matéria especial explicando a importância e o poder do networking – a famosa rede de contatos profissionais, feita inclusive, nas redes sociais. O famoso ditado de que “não é visto não é

    O post LinkedIn: aprenda como usar essa ferramenta e crescer na carreira apareceu primeiro em Fabiana Scaranzi.

              motion sensor gestures   
    It's been quite a bit of time since I blogged about anything. No longer able to post to the official Qt Labs blog, so I will post here, and maybe it will get picked up to a wider audience.

    It's been about 60 days since my last day at the Nokia office In Brisbane, Australia. My days are now full of house duties, kids, recording music, and looking for appropriate workage.

    Blatant self promotion

    I have been trying to keep my chops up, taking a short contract doing some desktopy work with Qt. But also keeping up with the Mer and Nemo projects.

    We have been working on refactoring the Qt 5 QSensor qml API, removing the old qt-mobility stuff and merging the two imports.

    As well, I will, in the near future be adding a QFreeFall sensor that detects when a device is freefalling, and a Wii controller sensor plugin to drive the normal motion QSensors and well as some of the QSensorGestures.

    I have done the easily possible, and back ported QSensorGesture and friends to Qt 4, so projects such as Mer/Nemo/Jolla, as well as the Blackberry 10 projects could use some cool sensor gestures API.

    When most people think of gesture recognition, they think of the touch sensor. Within Qt, this would be the QGesture classes. They also think about using the image sensor to decipher gestures through a computer vision API such as openCV.
    and although I would like to extend QSensorGesture to include the openCV and touch sensors techniques, this is really about existing device motion gestures.

    Things such as the obvious gesture of 'shake' - when you shake your phone/tablet, your audio playlist gets randomized. But it can be extended to other gestures as well.

    QSensors include the qtsensors gesture recognition plugin, that includes such gestures as whip, shake, pickup, twist, cover, hover, turnover and slam.

    The above url shows about how to perform these gestures.

    These are simple ad-hock gesture recognizers, and do not verge into the more robust and technically challenging HMM realm of recognizers.

    Nor is it currently possible for a user to create their own gestures and use them. I'd planned on doing this at my day job, but someone thought it better I needed to take my own time doing them. These are still on my todo list.

    Of course, the backport isn't in the official Qt Mobility repo until becomes a part of the qt-project, but I believe that is only a matter of time and resources.

    In my next blog, I will demonstrate the use of motion sensor gestures and the advantages that they might bring to a mobile UX.

    A networking tool to find connections to recommended job candidates, industry experts and business partners. Allows registered users to maintain a list of contact details of people they know and trust in business.

    Today on the 5: Microsoft is buying LinkedIn. Will this finally give the rudderless 'networking tool' a purpose?

              Down a Cyborg Rabbit Hole    

    Mark McGwire, in hot pursuit of Roger Maris's Major League Baseball home-run record for a single season, admits to using a dietary supplement. It has a testosterone-boosting compound.

    Most fans still cheer him on since what he ingests is not banned by professional baseball. But the added strength from the drug may taint what for Mr. McGwire is a routine feat - blasting a baseball out of the ballpark.

    What if he placed a micro-chip in his eye that let him see like a hawk? Fans would reject any record set.

    Computer professor and Englishman Kevin Warwick doesn't hit home runs. But he threw the cultural equivalent of a bean ball last week. He had a silicon chip implanted in his arm. The chip didn't make him stronger. It let him open doors, turn on computers, play audio signals, just by walking into a room.

    Gail Chaddock's cover story (at right) grapples with the profound implications of humans jumping down the cyborg rabbit hole. Wearing a sensory-enhancing computer is one thing. Grafting one into the body is quite another. Thankfully (we can catch our metaphysical breath for awhile at least) the good professor had the chip taken out yesterday.

    Some context is helpful here. We're not talking gross-out like that first encounter with a waiter, diamond ring pegged to his nose, serving soup. The concern goes beyond vexation that the glittery object will pop off into the chowder. The concern is about bionically extending the nervous system. It's about human identity and the Pandora's box where the sum of the parts may be greater than the whole.

    Remember the brouhaha when Johnny brought a hand-held calculator to class.

    Was a math turbocharger fair? Should he be allowed to use one? When doing homework? When taking a test? Today, it's a non-issue.

    We want number-crunching computers in the hands of every student.

    Ten years ago, combing the words "female" and "East German athlete" meant Olympic gold medal. Now, all that comes to mind is national disgrace. Discovery of systematic abuse of anabolic steroids stripped many of that nation's athletes of their medals.

    Performance enhancing drugs cross a threshold we don't accept. An anabolic substance entering the body, altering the way it works, isn't fair to other athletes. And it can be unhealthy for the athlete using it.

    Ten years from now will we be as comfortable with bionically enhanced individuals - their listening, seeing, memorizing powered up - as we are with the hand-held calculator? Or will we be as opposed to such electronic accretions as we are with the use of steroids by the East German athletes? Slugger McGwire's four baggers thrill because we still recognize him as the agent behind the blast. Chaddock points to a whole new ballgame.

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              Mobile and Social Innovations   

    I woke up this morning to see significant developments.

    MOSOLOCO – Mobile, Social, Local, Commerce, a term getting popularized by Jason Maynard is really brimming with lot of activities now. We are now seeing that four proximate but distinctive trends are converging to change the way consumers interact, explore, transact and putting pressure on businesses to keep pace and in some cases create entirely new business opportunities.

    Amazon is now fully charged to muscle into the Android Ecosystem. Am not just talking about the Amazon Appstore. With the launch of the new Cloud Drive and Cloud Player joining the Amazon Appstore , the strategy is clearly to parade as a full scale service shopping destination for Android device users. With the new Cloud Drive, Amazon in essence has got an update to the Amazon MP3 app for Android, bringing cloud storage into the music buying scheme, and further adds the Cloud Player to Amazon MP3 for streaming the user’s music to any Android device or web computer. This multi device rendering is a key tenet of success for the Kindle platform and Amazon is clearly focused on building on this strength. I know that one other formidable cloud giant has all got everything ready to roll out – may be they were waiting to launch it in the developer’s conference in May. Now Look at what all Amazon can do with their superior personalization and ecommerce capabilities – the value of the platform is beginning to unfold here. Amazon is essentially taking a step forward in the consumerization of Amazon web services.

    Tracking another development, CapLinked, a social platform for private investing, announces exponential growth of its platform with over $1 billion now available in potential investment activity. The company claims to have seen an exponential increase in user base sincee Jan 1 2011, with a total of 5500 dealmakers, investors and entrepreneurs now on the platform. This news comes on the heels of CapLinked’s angel funding totaling $900k, led by PayPal alums Peter Thiel, Dave McClure, Joe Lonsdale and Aman Verjee as well as David Anderson of 7th Rig.This rapid growth shows confirms the power of platform and communities - essentially in this case investors and businesses need a common platform to connect – and it is happening now on CapLinked, the LinkedIn-meets-Salesforce for private investing,” says Eric Jackson, CEO of CapLinked and former PayPal Vice President. He adds that In addition, the new CRM tools will help identify potential deals, share information and get the right deals done faster.

    Caplinked sees the trillion dollar a year private investing still using old, inefficient technology and points out to the fact most of these enterprises have been stuck in the email-and-spreadsheet mindset for too long. This gives them an opportunity to focus on bringing innovation in the form of social, cloud based, secure software to the world of private investment. The objective is to get investors, advisors, and companies the tools they need to better manage making connections and handling deal flow, due diligence, closings, and company reporting.
    Both the entrepreneur and investor are brought together in the same platform. For entrepreneurs raising capital, the tool makes it easier to be transparent and share information. That makes it easier to get money in the door, and keep investors happy for follow on investments. For investors, this helps track their investments in one place, and have an idea of what is going on with their companies. Added to that, this is not a pay-to-play service, the claim here is that by letting entrepreneurs access the social graph, the value increases and so to get more strong social signals, the service strives to keep this platform free for entrepreneurs to raise capital.

    We will actually see more and more innovation and success stories in the MOSOLOCO world.

              Earthquake takes toll in southeastern Iran    

    A major earthquake rocked southeastern Iran Tuesday night, killing as many as 5,000 people, Iran's official Pars News Agency reports. Pars said preliminary figures showed 400 people were injured and 90 percent of the villages in the quake area destroyed.

    The quake, measuring 6.5 to 7 on the Richter scale, was centered in the town of Anduhjerd, 510 miles southeast of Tehran and 30 miles east of the city of Kerman. About half the earthquake area was said to be buried unde r rubble.

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              News In Brief    

    Greyhound prepares terms on eve of threatened strike

    Greyhound Bus Lines was scheduled to present its 12,700 employees with a final contract offer Monday night, hours before a threatened strike against the nation's largest transportation company.

    Under the supervision of a federal mediator, Greyhound officials and Amalgamated Council of Greyhound Local Unions bargainers prepared to meet in an effort to head off a walkout Monday.

    Greyhound officials have been seeking pay cuts ranging from 30 percent for drivers to 50 percent for terminal and office employees in order to achieve "parity" with other bus companies.

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              Have Your Say...CSB ComDust Recommendation Hearing (July 25 1:30 PM EDT)    
    Ask and comment now, email Questions and comments to be read aloud at the meeting. To listen to the meeting via telephone, please use the following number and participant code: Access Number: 1-800-920-7487 Participant Code: 44665662#

    Beginning at Thursday July 25 1:30 p.m. EDT, the Board will consider and vote on the status designations of four recommendations to OSHA related to the issuance of a general industry standard for combustible dusts:

    Recommendation No. 2006-1-H-R1, issued pursuant to the CSB's Combustible Dust Study.
    Recommendation No. 2008-5-I-GA-R11, issued pursuant to the CSB's Imperial Sugar Investigation Report.
    Recommendation Nos. 2011-4-I-TN-R1 and R2, issued pursuant to the CSB's Hoeganaes Case Study.

    At the conclusion of the meeting CSB Board Members are expected to designate an OSHA general industry standard for combustible dust as the CSB's first “Most Wanted Chemical Safety Improvement” issue.

    Meeting Agenda
              Responding to Bulk Storage Combustible Dust Related Fires   

    Firefighting Piercing Rod Kit

    Justin Clift, Industrial Marker Manager from Hazard Control Technologies shares with readers in this article the intricacies in combating combustible dust related fires. Justin emphasizes these fires can be safely extinguished with the correct equipment and fire fighting agent while following a six-step hazard elimination procedure.

    1) Understand, Assess & Identify Incident Hazards
    2) Eliminate Secondary Dust Hazards
    3) Eliminate Primary Dust Hazards
    4) Eliminate Flash Fuel Hazards
    5) Eliminate Smoldering Hazard
    6) Eliminate Injuries

    You must use the micelle encapsulating agent, F-500 and you may require a Piercing Rod Kit for deep seated hot spots (>10ft below surface). Foam caps the material trapping the combustible vapors and will not penetrate. For instance, water will not penetrate or saturate the material.

    Deep Seated Fires
    When a deep seated hot spot burns it dries out the material surrounding it forming a crust. As the temperature increases the crust becomes thicker and thicker. 95% of the time, the crust will adhere to the sides of the structure so attempting to run it out is not an suitable option. This crust will continue to slowly expand until the weight of the material above it causes it to collapse.

    This collapse will typically result into a flash fire, which hits the structures ceiling adding confinement and triggering the primary explosion. The primary explosion disperses the float dust on surrounding structures and equipment, which contacts the primary explosion's flame front and triggers a catastrophic secondary explosion.

    You can't flood the structure with water because water will not penetrate this crust. If enough water is applied, it's weight will allow it to penetrate the material but it still can't penetrate the hot spot's crust. Thus it runs off to the sides and starts washing away the foundation of the hot spot, causing it to collapse and triggering the chain of events as discussed above.

    The root cause of the problem is a lack of knowledge on combustible dust related fires and explosions. Emergency Responders need to be rebooted for a lack of a better term. The actual fire or smoldering material is not their problem, their problem is the environment surrounding the fire and the nature of a deep seated hot spots.

    Firefighters have the equipment and training to be very successful at extinguished fires, they can see. However, it's extremely difficult to fight a fire no one can see and if you can't see it then you can't confirm it's been extinguished and you can't let your guard down. Our Emergency Response Team knows to never trust a fire you can't see. It's not a safe scene until we have confirmed extinguishment to the best of our abilities and all material has been completely removed from the structure.

    Presentation and Videos
    If you’re interested, here is a hyperlink where you can download some videos and a presentation I delivered recently at Coal Industry Conference. Unfortunately, I can’t get the videos to link properly with the presentation but you can view them separately. The file is 482MB so it may take a couple of minutes to download completely. If you have any questions or problem with the hyperlink please feel free to contact me  anytime.

    The presentation is about preparing for the unexpected and discusses some lessons learned during a few recent Emergency Response Services HCTperformed. Procedures are important but just having a good playbook, doesn’t mean you’re ready to take the field. There is no shame in having a fire from time to time, it’s the nature of the coal and the inherent hazards of a power plant.

    What is remorseful, is when a plant is ill-prepared and gets caught with their pants down which may jeopardize the health and safety of plant personnel and Emergency Responders. Plants must be prepared for the unexpected, they must have the proper procedures which are practiced, revised, and reviewed in effort to be prepared as possible. If a plant doesn’t properly prepare and practiced they shouldn’t be awestruck when they fall short of their expectations.

    About the Author

    Justin Clift is the Industrial Market Manager for Hazard Control Technologies, headquartered in Fayetteville, GA.  He is originally from Ohio and transferred to Georgia to start working for HCT shortly after graduating from Ohio State University in 2005.
    Justin Clift
    Mr. Clift provides loss control solutions for the power industry, specializing in fire detection, suppression, and prevention. He also conducts class room training for emergency responders on the hazard of combustible dust and silo fire fighting through the use of piercing rods and a micelle encapsulating agent.

    Justin has visited hundreds of industrial facilities and has first-hand experience extinguishing coal fires throughout the US, as HCT Emergency Response Team’s Incident Commander. He has also worked side by side with engineering and plant personnel, specifying upgrades to the plant’s fire protection system utilizing F-500 concentrate control systems.

    Frequently Justin is asked to assist in the development of emergency response procedures, specifically applicable to the handling of a combustible dust. He is often called-upon to speak at industry meetings and events that focus on power generation and industrial safety, and on the hazards associated with combustible dust. Contact Information:Justin Clift , Industrial Marker Manager, Hazard Control Technologies C: 770-318-1805 O: 770-512-5112 E:

              Over 17,000 combustible dust related fires (1980-2005) USA    
    NFIRS Data From USFA

    Extrapolating NFPA's Fire Analysis and Research Division estimates  from the report "Fires in U.S. Industrial and Manufacturing Facilities," provides in-depth insight into combustible dust related fire statistics in manufacturing facilities from the 2006-2010 period. Subsequently, the Combustible Dust Policy Institute noted over 17,000 combustible dust related fires in the twenty-five year period 1980-2005 while extrapolating the 2006-2010 data. Dust, fiber, or lint (including sawdust) was the item first ignited in 12% of 5,670 manufacturing facility fires/ (2006-2010) annual average. Data from the U.S. Fire Administration’s (USFA) National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) and the NFPA annual fire department experience survey was utilized in compiling NFPA Fire Analysis and Research Division estimates.

    The educational NFPA report provides valuable insight into area of origin, heat source, factors contributing to ignition, and equipment involved in ignition (EII). For example, the leading factor contributing to ignition was mechanical failure or malfunction. Regarding heat sources, the leading factor was unclassified heat from powered equipment followed by radiated or conducted heat from operating equipment.

                                    Manufacturing Facility Fires (2006) Source: NFIRS 5.0 USFA

    To assist stakeholders in understanding the modules in the NFIRS reporting system here is a list of several elements regarding ignition with their pages from the NFIRS 5.0 Reference Guide. Note: This is a large file (9.7  mb) and may take considerable time to download on slower connections.

    Area of Fire Origin 4-13

    Heat Source  4-17
    Operating Equipment
    Hot or Smoldering Object
    Other Open Flame or Smoking Materials
    Chemical, Natural Heat Sources
    Heat Spread From Another Fire. Excludes operating equipment.
                Other Heat Sources
    Item First Ignited 4-19
    Cause of Ignition 4-24
    Factors Contributing to Ignition 4-25
    Mechanical Failure, Malfunction
    Electrical Failure, Malfunction
    Design, Manufacturing, Installation Deficiency
    Operational Deficiency
    Equipment Involved in Ignition 4-29
    Shop Tools and Industrial Equipment

    Manufacturing establishments diminished from 373,000 (1990) to 332,000 (2007), a 11% decrease in manufacturing facilities. In a ten year trend of nonresidential fires (1992-2001) there was a 21% decease in fires. (page 119 .pdf)
    Nonresidential Fires (1992-2001)
    USFA and U.S. Census Bureau statistics depicting decreases in nonresidential fires and manufacturing establishments illustrates a higher number of annual fires in the 25 year period (1980-2005) than in the more recent (2006-2010) time-frame. As a result, the 680 combustible dust related fires annual average (2006-2010) would extrapolate into even more annual incidents from 1980-2005.
    U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Manufacturing Establishments (2001-2011)
    Very Unusual Trend

    U.S. Fire Administration: Fire Estimates. Manufacturing Fires Drop 38% (2007-2010) From 6,200 (2007) to 3,900 (2010), during the same period nonresidential fires drop 18%. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicated the number of manufacturing establishments dropped 7%. So has incidents of combustible dust related fires and explosions also dropped 38% in the 2007-2010 time frame?

    About NFIRS
    NFIRS is not representative of all fire incidents in the United States and is not a census of fire incidents or casualties. For example,  NFIRS is a voluntary system, and it includes only those fire incidents reported to the system by fire departments that report to NFIRS. Also, not all States participate in NFIRS, and all fire departments that report to NFIRS within a State do not necessarily report all of their fire incidents. Additionally, some fire departments that report fire incidents do not report associated casualties. States and/or fire departments that report in one particular year may not report to NFIRS the following year.

    Partial list of Federal Government organizations (page 12 .pdf) that use NFIRS: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Military Services (Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy), U.S. Commerce Department, National Institute on Standards and Technology, Center for Fire, Research, U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, U.S. Congress, House Basic Research Subcommittee, U.S. Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Treasury, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, Library of Congress, etc.
    • NFIRS is the world's largest, national, annual database of fire incident information.
    • 50 states and the District of Columbia report NFIRS data.
    • 37 fire departments with a population protected of over 500,000 participate in the NFIRS.
    • About 23,000 fire departments report in the NFIRS each year.
    • The NFIRS database comprises 75 percent of all reported fires that occur annually.

    Like many of the above governmental organizations, why didn’t the OSHA Directorates use NFIRS fire incident data when developing the OSHA Combustible Dust ANPRM for the rulemaking process? Only relying on incomplete CSB incident data (281 incidents 1980-2005) does not provide stakeholders enough information so as to understand the complexities and magnitude of the combustible dust fire problem in the USA manufacturing sector. As a result of solely using CSB incident data, the definition of combustible dust is explicitly in “suspension” and ignores layered combustible dust related fires (dust not in suspension). So what do you think, should we continue to ignore combustible dust related fires not in suspension?


    NFPA's "Fires in U.S. Industrial and Manufacturing Facilities"
    NFIRS Reporting Form
    Uses of NFIRS
    NFIRS 5.0 Reference Guide 
    Nonresidential Building Fires (USFA) page 75 Mfg. Buildings
    Nonresidential Fire Trend 2006-2010
    OSHA Combustible Dust; Advance notice of proposed rulemaking
              Déjà vu Firefighters Killed & Injured in Repeatable Deadly Silo Explosions    
    Diagram. Aerial view of incident scene after 1997 explosion

    Is anyone out there reading these accident reports prepared by the United States Fire Administration (1997) and NIOSH (2003)? Doesn't appear anyone is especially with the multitude of catastrophic incidents mirrored after each other like reruns on the television.

    Time is way overdue for firefighting training on the practical aspects of combating combustible dust related fires. We already know about the physicochemical properties of combustible dust with the wealth of literature out there. Now is the time to get down dirty out on the training fire ground.

    A real concern is in these two accident reports is continued mention of oxygen-limiting silos. This is incorrect as they were no longer oxygen-limiting silos but instead modified oxygen-limiting silos. Big difference between the two. Adding water to the top of any silo in conjunction with simultaneously opening access doors at the bottom and poking around with smoldering contents is wrought with danger. Do you feel lucky?

    U.S. Fire Administration Fire Investigations Program:
    The U.S. Fire Administration develops reports on selected major fires throughout the country. The fires usually involve multiple deaths or a large loss of property. But the primary criterion for deciding to do a report is whether it will result in significant “lessons learned.” In some cases these lessons bring to light new knowledge about fire--the effect of building construction or contents, human behavior in fire, etc...


              Business Bootcamp   
    Tja, dan zit je opeens in het Business Bootcamp. Ik was al eens eerder attent gemaakt op dit fenomeen, maar het was er nog niet van gekomen. Onlangs sprak ik weer iemand die geweest was en zeer enthousiast was. Toen ook nog bleek dat al heel snel de volgende Business Bootcamp zou zijn en dat dat tevens de laatste zou zijn tegen de schappelijke prijs van € 47 (ex btw), was de beslissing snel gemaakt. Ik zou naar het Business Bootcamp gaan op 22 en 23 maart in het NBC Congrescentrum te Nieuwegein.

    Ik was ook wel gewaarschuwd. Het zou niet een standaardbijeenkomst zijn met informatieoverdracht van de spreker op het publiek. Het zou anders zijn en soms zou je je mogelijk wel eens gaan afvragen wat je daar aan het doen was. Ondanks de waarschuwingen en bedenkingen waren allen die geweest waren toch heel enthousiast, dus ik ging ook met goede moed naar de bijeenkomst.

    Om tien uur zou het beginnen. Tussen half negen en half tien kon je je inschrijven. Om kwart over negen kwam ik aan bij de inschrijfbalie en gezien de drukte kon ik toen al zien dat het massaal werd. Er stonden lange rijen, toch was de afhandeling nog redelijk snel, zodat het toch nog mogelijk was om een kopje koffie te drinken voordat de voorstelling zou beginnen.

    Iets voor tienen liep ik de zaal in. Daar stonden heel veel stoelen en er liepen heel veel mensen rond. Ik zocht een plaatsje in het midden en wachtte af van wat komen zou. Eerst werden we verwelkomd door een Nederlandse vrouw die een inleidend praatje hield in het Engels. En Engels zou de voertaal worden gedurende het gehele weekend.

    Daarna kwam de grote held op het podium: Nisandeh Neta. Hij is afkomstig uit Israël en is in de jaren negentig neergestreken in Nederland. Daar heeft hij Open Circles Academy opgericht en dat is de organisatie die het Business Bootcamp organiseert. Hierin gaat het om succesvol ondernemen en dat wordt als volgt weergegeven:

    “Succesvol ondernemen anno 2014 is een kunst die je kunt leren… en wel op 2 manieren:
    1. Langzaam, door schade en schande in de praktijk of…
    2. Snel, met bewezen succes strategieën, tools en systemen voor (online ) marketing en sales, social media, passief inkomen, (digitaal) netwerken en heel belangrijk… de juiste ondernemer mindset.”

    Dit geeft het al duidelijk weer. De werkwijze van Nisandeh Neta is een methode om succesvol te worden. Als je die volgt, heb je succes. Het blijkt ook dat het Business Bootcamp nog maar het begin is van het succesvol ondernemerschap. De vervolgcursussen hebben de fraaie namen ‘Master Entrepeneur’, ‘Financial Freedom’ en ‘Breakthrough to Succes’ en kosten elk € 3.300 (ex btw). En dat zijn nog maar de cursussen voor het eerste jaar. In het tweede en derde jaar kun je nog veel meer cursussen volgen.
    In de zaal blijken zo’n 1.200 mensen aanwezig te zijn. Hiervan zijn 1.000 aan te merken als nieuwkomers en 200 zijn al eens eerder op het Business Bootcamp geweest. Nisandeh begint met ons te feliciteren dat we zijn gekomen. Altijd een goed gevoel om een compliment in ontvangst te nemen. Dan begint hij om zijn eerste vragen op ons af te vuren. Bijvoorbeeld: “Are you ready to make more money?” of: “Do jou want to have more freetime?”. Al deze vragen zijn een uitnodiging tot grote publieksparticipatie. Je wordt geacht om dit volmondig met ‘Yeah’ te beantwoorden en ondertussen je linker- of rechterhand fanatiek de lucht in te bewegen.

    Helemaal vooraan zaten de fanatiekste mensen die volmondig aan het participeren waren. Verder naar achter zat het publiek dat wat minder enthousiast aan het meedoen was. Ik had ook wel zo m’n gêne. Moest ik nu ook bij elke, soms heel obligate, vraag mijn hand de lucht in slingeren of niet. Ongewild wil je toch niet de buitenstaander zijn en doe je dus mee met de mensen om je heen. Doordat iedereen meedoet hoef je je inderdaad niet te schamen, en toch voelt het op zijn tijd ongemakkelijk. Het blijft een vreemd tweeslachtig gevoel. En doordat ik aandachtig zo veel mogelijk opschrijf in mijn schriftje, heb ik een goed excuus om niet altijd volmondig mee te doen.

    Hij begint al heel snel over het fenomeen ZZP-er. Zijn gehele publiek bestaat volgens mij uit ZZP-ers, dus daar heeft hij wel onze aandacht. Hij noemt het schertsend de ZZP-religie. In Nederland is het haast een religie geworden en dat wil hij doorbreken. Daarnaast zegt hij dat de gemiddelde ZZP-er gestopt is met zijn vaste baan om meer te verdienen en om meer vrije tijd te hebben. Met als resultaat dat je uiteindelijk minder verdient en ook nog eens minder vrije tijd hebt. Daar voegt hij aan toe als je wel succesvol was geweest, dat je dan niet hier had gezeten. Daar heeft hij ons mooi te pakken, wij dachten het mooi voor elkaar te hebben, maar dat valt toch tegen en daarom zitten wij in zijn Business Bootcamp. Als ZZP-er denk je te klein, je moet groter denken, en vooral zijn methode volgen, dan wordt je succesvol. Dan ga je meer geld verdienen en krijg je ook nog meer vrije tijd.

    Hij is begenadigd spreker die in staat is om de zaal te blijven boeien. Door zijn vraag- en antwoordspel wordt je wel gedwongen om mee te doen. Zijn betoog zit ook vol met goede oneliners. Hij schrijft het woord ‘oppotunity’ op het bord en vraagt om reacties uit te zaal. Al heel snel komt hij met de oplossing. Echte entrepreneurs zien de mogelijkheden, diegene die het niet zijn zien dat de letter r ontbreekt.

    Dan begint Nisandeh over zijn methode met de naam MG-SPI (‘My goal, such a powerful idea’). Dat staat voor Mindset, Goals, Strategies, Plan en Implementation.


     Die moet veranderen van werknemer naar entrepreneur. Bij een werknemer draait het om veiligheid en zekerheid. Bij ondernemerschap is dat er niet. Het gaat ook om vergissingen maken: “It’s better to ask for forgiveness and not for permission”. Hij tekent drie cirkels die als een schil om elkaar heen liggen. De eerste heeft de naam ‘comfort zone’, de tweede ‘learning zone’ en de derde ‘panic zone’. Iedereen is graag in zijn ‘comfort zone’, maar zijn reactie hierop is als volgt: “Succes is always out of your comfort zone”. Er komen nog meer oneliners: “I will do whatever it takes”. De zin “I’m going to do my best” mag niet meer voorkomen in je vocabulaire, want dat is niet goed genoeg. Afgesloten door: “Succesful people see the opportunity, poor people see the obstacle”.

    Deze veranderde instelling moesten we bevestigen door hardop de volgende zin te zeggen: “I’m a fantastic business entrepreneur.” Om vervolgens een high five uit te wisselen met je buurman die dit moest bevestigen met: “Yes, you are”. En vice versa. Deze sessie werd afgesloten met een spel. De letters MLR werden opgeschreven en het was de bedoeling om in drie minuten daar zo veel mogelijk Engelse zinnen mee te maken waarin de M een zelfstandig naamwoord moest worden, de L een werkwoord en de R een bijvoeglijk naamwoord. Dat moesten we in een groepje van drie doen en wij konden maar met één zin komen, die achteraf gezien nog fout was ook: “Mother loves rucola”. Rucola is geen bijvoeglijk naamwoord. Een inventarisatie in de zaal leverde een hoogste score op van 30 zinnen. Nisandeh begon te vragen waarom wij geen 200 zinnen hadden gemaakt. Heel veel verklaringen kwamen er: te weinig tijd, geen creativiteit, het Engels was te moeilijk, geen pen en papier, de samenwerking was niet goed genoeg. Allemaal heel steekhoudend argumenten, maar hij vond dat er te veel energie ging in het verzinnen van redenen waarom het niet mogelijk is. Hij kon wel 1000 zinnen maken binnen drie minuten. We keken hem glazig aan, maar lieten hem zijn gang gaan. Eerst vroeg hij aan iedereen om zelfstandig naamwoorden te noemen die beginnen met een M. Mensen uit de hele zaal beginnen te roepen en de meest fanatieke rennen naar voren om hun ingeving door te geven. Na één minuut heeft hij 24 woorden. Bij de L haalt hij zo 22 woorden op en bij de R ook nog 14. Hij vraagt iemand om deze drie getallen te vermenigvuldigen en zo komt hij op 7.392 zinnen. Daarop zegt hij dat critici zullen zeggen dat er ook onzinnige zinnen tussen zullen zitten, laat 80 % onzin zijn, dan resteren er altijd nog meer dan 1.000 zinnen.

    Zo is het maar net, terwijl wij bezig waren om te inventariseren waarom het niet mogelijk was, hadden we ook onze energie kunnen steken in manieren om het wel voor elkaar te krijgen. Dat liet nog meer even goed zien dat wij nog lang niet de goede Mindset hadden. Ons groepje, bestaande uit een piramide coach en een paardenfluisteraar, al helemaal niet.

    Ik zat even niet goed op te letten, maar hij zat met een boek te wapperen en toen had een deelnemer die opeens in handen. Hij had dat boek weggeven aan de eerste die bij hem was. Vervolgens werd de zaal uitgedaagd om te vertellen waarom zij het boek niet hadden bemachtigd. Het was te ver weg. Ik was te langzaam. Ik had schaamte om naar voren te komen. Ik moest erover nadenken. Nisandeh sloot af met de oneliner: “Opportunity never comes twice”. Hij sloot het af met de anekdote dat hij een keer een biljet van € 100 in zijn hand gehad met de vraag wie dit wilde. De hele zaal riep ja, maar niemand kwam naar hem toe. Met als gevolg dat niemand het bedrag kreeg. Onze Mindset was er dus nog lang niet.

    Na de lunch werden we eerst weer opgewarmd door de Nederlandse mevrouw. Om de lunch wat te laten zakken en om uit onze ‘comfort zone’ te geraken moesten we gaan dansen. Niet gewoon dansen, maar we moesten op onze stoelen gaan staan en dan gaan dansen. Eens een keer wat anders. Het werkt ook nog, want je begint toch weer fris aan de volgende sessie. Over ‘comfort zone’ gesproken, Nisandeh stelt voor om daar uit te stappen en dat je gewoon je klanten een hogere prijs in rekening moet brengen, omdat je het waard bent.

    Een dertigtal mensen vormt het begeleidingsteam. Deze zijn allemaal uniform gekleed in een zwart T-shirt en stralen een en al blijdschap uit. Het zijn allemaal vrijwilligers die in ieder geval de drie cursussen van het eerste jaar zijn doorlopen. Volgens Nisandeh willen ze graag iets terug doen voor wat ze gekregen hebben.  Vandaar dat ze hier als vrijwilliger rondlopen. Ik vond het er maar een beetje raar uitzien, het leken haast wel slaafjes van Nisandeh. Door zo blij in het stramien te lopen kwamen ze bij mij eerder als loser over, maar dat heb ik natuurlijk helemaal mis. Ze hebben de drie cursussen doorlopen en dan ben je natuurlijk heel succesvol. Mijn gedachten zijn veel te negatief.


    Bij het stellen van doelen kom je al snel uit op SMART. Een kleine inventarisatie in de zaal leverde al snel op dat een heleboel mensen bekend zijn met deze methode. Hij vond deze methode niet zo ‘smart’, zonder dit verder uit te leggen.

    De zaal werd gevraagd om te zeggen waarom ze een business zijn begonnen. Heel veel redenen werden opgenoemd. Uiteindelijk werden ze ingevuld in een vierkant.


    Het kwam er op neer dat alle redenen op een of andere manier ondergebracht konden worden in bovengenoemde categorieën. In Nederland is de volgorde van belangrijkheid: Freedom, Money, Fullfillment en Contribution. En in Nederland slaagde men er vooral in om doelstellingen te halen in het linker rijtje: Freedom en Fullfillment. Hij vroeg aan de zaal hoe die combinatie ook wel werd genoemd. Dit noemen we ook wel een hobby. En dan kwam er nog een vraag over het verschil tussen een hobby en een business. Bij een business komt het geld naar binnen, bij een hobby gaat het naar buiten. Ik denk dat menigeen in de zaal zichzelf opeens als hobbyist zag.

    De sessie ging verder en focuste zich in eerste instantie op Money. Hij onderscheidde drie manieren om geld te verdienen. Hij noemde het Working Income, Passive Income en Value. Working Income is het inkomen dat je met je reguliere werk kan verdienen. Het probleem hiermee is dat er uiteindelijk een limiet aan zit, omdat je niet meer uren kan maken dan menselijk mogelijk is. Nisandeh daagde ons uit om een doel te stellen voor wat je zou verdienen over een jaar. Hij vond ook dat het minstens het dubbele moest zijn van de huidige stand van zaken, maar het minimum was toch wel € 100.000. Om er echte commitment van te maken kreeg een ieder een contract in handen. Dat was een contract dat je aanging met jezelf waarin je toezegde hoeveel je volgend jaar zou gaan verdienen. Enigszins besmuikt ondertekende ik het contract, terwijl ik eigenlijk al wist dat ik het nooit zou gaan waarmaken. “Have you filled out the contract?” “Yes.” “Are you proud of it?” “Yes.” “Are you really exited about it?” “Yes.” Tenslotte nog een testimonium van een eerdere cursist. Na een jaar verdiende ze € 151.000, net boven haar doel van € 150.000. Op de vraag “Isn’t it a miracle?” gaf hij zelf al het antwoord: “No, it isn’t.” Zijn boodschap is helder, als je jezelf een doel stelt en geeft er ook nog alles voor, dan ga het gewoon halen. En die doelen ga je vooral halen als je doorgaat met Nisandeh, als je zijn vervolgcursussen volgt. Daar voegde hij nog aan toe: “Only people I like go further in the next course. In the highest courses are the people I really like, they become friends.” Tja, wat moest ik nu met deze laatste uitspraken?

    Over Passive Income en Value had hij niet zo veel te zeggen. Dat zou voornamelijk aan de orde komen in volgende cursussen. Passive Income is inkomen dat je krijgt door één keer iets te doen en dan vervolgens jaar na jaar daar de revenuen van plukken. Eigenlijk het mooiste inkomen wat je kunt voorstellen. Als voorbeeld noemde hij het schrijven van boek, maar dat was tegelijk weer een slecht voorbeeld, omdat het vaak zo weinig opgeleverde. Value is de waarde van je bedrijf, en dan vooral op het moment dat je zou besluiten ermee te stoppen. Hij voegde er fijntjes aan toe dat voor het merendeel van de aanwezigen waarschijnlijk op nul zou uitkomen.

    Dit onderdeel werd afgesloten met een beetje een zijsprong, maar wel een belangrijke. Eerst had hij het over Focus Deficiency Disorder. Deze term kan ik verder niet tegengekomen, dus misschien is het wel verzonnen, maar hij legde het uit dat een gemiddeld mens om de 11 minuten wordt onderbroken door bijvoorbeeld een telefoon, dat het dan weer 25 minuten duurt om de focus terug te krijgen op waar je mee bezig was.
    Daarom riep hij iedereen op om af te rekenen met Interruptions en Distractions. Onderbrekingen worden vaak veroorzaakt door telefoontjes. Volgens Nisandeh: “If you can pick up the phone when I’m calling, you’re not important.” Hij vond het niet professioneel om gelijk de telefoon op te nemen, laat de voicemail het werk doen. Afleidingen zijn er in vele vormen: e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Hij raadde aan het kijken naar mails te beperken tot twee momenten op de dag, namelijk vlak voor de lunch en vlak voor het einde van de werkdag. Over Facebook en Twitter was hij helemaal niet positief, daar zag hij het nut nauwelijks van in. Hij heeft hier natuurlijk wel een punt, als het even niet zo goed lukt, dan is de verleiding wel groot om gauw even de e-mail te checken of te kijken of er nog wat op Facebook gebeurt. Goed punt, al had ik deze natuurlijk al eerder gehoord.

    Tenslotte kreeg het multitasking nog een veeg uit de pan. We deden een kleine test door een zin over te schrijven om vervolgens de letters in deze zin te nummeren. Eerst alle letters achter elkaar gevolgd door de cijfers achter elkaar. Vervolgens een letter en een cijfer om en om. De eerste keer ging het veel vlugger en accurater. Met andere woorden: houd op met multitasking!

    Strategies (13)

    1. Target audience“Become a big fish in a small pond (niche) instead of small fish in a big ocean (called food).” Je moet gaan nadenken over je doelgroep. Het begint met het bepalen van de demografische gegevens van je doelgroep (a), dan is het van belang om te weten welk probleem je aan het oplossen bent voor de doelgroep (b) en tenslotte zijn de psychografische gegevens van belang (c). Dat laatste kan net het verschil maken tussen jou en je concurrent. Hij kwam met voorbeelden, een fysiotherapeut in Amsterdam die gespecialiseerd is in het behandeling van kwetsuren van meisjes die volleybal en basketbal spelen, een verkoper van sportwagens die zich richt op zakenlieden tussen 35 en 50 jaar, Virgin Airlines die masseuses inzet op lange vluchten tussen Londen en New York. Je moet bij je doelgroep precies die snaar weten te raken, zodat zij vinden dat jij de oplossing bent voor hun probleem.

    2. Business model Er zijn drie manieren om te groeien. a. Meer klanten. (Nadeel van deze is dat op enig moment hier een begrenzing aan zit) b. Meer opbrengsten per elke transactie. (“The more you raise your prices, the more clients you get.”) c. Doe meer transacties per klant. Vervolgens kwam er een fraaie vermenigvuldiging. Als je op al deze gebieden nu eens zorgt voor een verhoging van 10 %. Dan stijgt je opbrengst zo maar opeens met meer dan 33 %. Dat is toch gemakkelijk haalbaar! “Do you think you can raise with 10 % or more?” “Yes” “That’s a vote of confidence.”

    Halverwege de middag was er ook weer een koffiepauze. Na elke pauze begint altijd de Nederlandse vrouw. Moesten we de vorige keer dansen op onze stoelen. Nu moesten we gaan staan, een kwartslag draaien en de nek van onze linkerbuurman vastpakken en gaan masseren. Deze massage werd steeds verder uitgebreid naar rug om tenslotte zelfs te eindigen als hoofd- en oormassage. Hier werden we ook weer duidelijk uit onze ‘comfort zone’ gehaald. Ondertussen werd je natuurlijk zelf ook onderhanden genomen door je rechterbuurman. Vervolgens moest je je een halve slag draaien en werd het ritueel nog een keer herhaald. Het werkt wel, want je begint op deze manier toch frisser aan de laatste sessie van de dag.

    3. Remarkable products Voor dit onderdeel werd weer een mooi vierkantje gemaakt.

    nice to have
    must have

    Het is wel duidelijk waar je niet moet zitten en ook heel duidelijk waar je het beste kunt zitten. Als je een uniek product koopt dat je doelgroep moet hebben, dan zit je goed. In ieder geval voor een poos, want de concurrentie doet natuurlijk ook mee. Het moet een WOW-factor hebben. Als voorbeeld haalde hij aan de eerste pleisters voor kinderen bedrukt met stripfiguren.

    Het laatste verhaal van de dag ging over en taxichauffeur in New York. Die was zo servicegericht, bijna op het irritante af, dat Nisandeh hem een enorme fooi heeft gegeven. Ik vroeg me echter af hoe deze taxichauffeur gecategoriseerd zou worden in de methode van Nisandeh. Is dit nu een schoolvoorbeeld hoe het moet? Ik heb deze vraag maar even gelaten voor wat het waard is, het was al na 19.00 uur. Tijd om naar huis te gaan.

    De volgende dag begon het weer om 10.00 uur. Om kwart voor tien was ik present, zodat ik nog net een kopje koffie kon drinken voor het zou beginnen. We werden weer opgewarmd door de Nederlandse vrouw, maar daarna was de grote held al gauw weer op het podium.

    De ochtendsessie begon een beetje sloompjes. Een paar herhalingen van de vorige dag en het wilde maar niet op gang komen, misschien toch moeilijk om weer fris te starten na zo’n vermoeiende dag. Hij begon op een gegeven moment een anekdote te vertellen over zijn meest recente verjaardag, toen hij 46 werd. Hij deed nooit zo veel aan verjaardagen, maar nu had hij bedacht om 46 cadeautjes te maken en deze uit te delen aan willekeurige voorbijgangers. Hij maakt 46 mensen blij en had nog nooit zo’n goede verjaardag gehad. Het ging dus over wat jij kon bijdragen aan de wereld. En hij kwam terug op het vierkant van de vorige dag.


    Zijn betoog begon nu bij Contribution. Als jij ervoor zorgde dat je iets bijdroeg aan de wereld om je heen, dan kwam de Fullfillment vanzelf. En als je Fullfillment hebt, dan heb je ook Freedom, en uiteindelijk volgt Money automatisch. Zo wordt het nog een hele mooie theorie. Zoiets als geven is het nieuwe verdienen. Hij voegde toe dat 10 % van alle opbrengsten van de Open Circles Foundation naar een school in Uganda gaat.
    Dit was duidelijk een opmaat voor ons om ook in de gelegenheid te komen om te geven. Het gaat hierbij om een project om in drie dorpen in Madagaskar zonne-energie te introduceren. Tien vrouwen waren al zes maanden naar India geweest voor een opleiding. Nu waren ze terug in hun dorp. Ze hadden alleen nog apparatuur nodig om de zonne-energie op te wekken. Dat moest € 37.000 kosten en er was al € 11.000 binnen. Of wij niet het ontbrekende bedrag bij elkaar konden krijgen. Elk bedrag dat wij zouden doneren zou worden verdubbeld door Open Circles Academy. Het leek mij een beetje een raar project, eerst al die vrouwen zes maanden van huis en haard laten vertrekken. Intussen zijn ze allang weer terug en zitten nu te wachten op de apparatuur van maar liefst € 37.000, wat mij ook disproportioneel lijkt voor drie kleine dorpjes. Het leek mij typisch zo’n project dat in het westen is bedacht, zonder ook maar te kijken naar de behoefte van de lokale bewoners. Ik besloot om niet te geven, het leek mij niet zinnig. Ik zag om mij heen dat er wel kwistig werd gedoneerd. Ben ik dan zo kritisch? Moet ik mij schuldig voelen dat ik niet geef?

    Bij dit alles werd het begrip Conscious Millionaire geïntroduceerd. Dat betekent dat je begint met Contribution, met het geven, en dat wordt je vanzelf een miljonair. De uiteindelijke opbrengst was € 6.500 (gemiddeld ruim € 5 per persoon) en met de verdubbeling is dat dan € 13.000. Viel toch een beetje tegen, denk ik. Het volgende Business Bootcamp moet de rest maar opbrengen.

    Toen werd Bianca naar voren geroepen. Een jonge vrouw keek verbaasd op en met rode wangetjes liep ze naar voren. Zij werd naar voren gehaald omdat ze een bijzondere gift had gedaan, ze had namelijk € 1.000 gedoneerd aan het project. Dat werd bekroond met een daverend applaus en ook een beloning van Nisandeh. Zij mocht voor niets meedoen aan één van de vervolgcursussen van € 3.300. Zo zie je maar weer, wie geeft, die zal oogsten. Zo wordt het nog heel bijbels. De kwade geest in mij suggereerde dat zij bij de organisatie hoorde, maar dat denk ik toch niet, ze leek me een echte deelnemer. Dit is dan weer zo’n interessante ontwikkeling op zo’n dag.

    4. Marketing We gaan weer verder met de Strategies. Een bedrijf kan niet zonder marketing. Er wordt wel beweerd dat 60 % van de inspanning in marketing gaat zitten. En je moet niet te bescheiden zijn, je moet luid en duidelijk zijn. Je moet andere mensen interrumperen, dan krijg je aandacht. Het moet als volgt gaan. De eerste stap is om van vreemden vrienden te maken, de tweede stap is om van deze vrienden klanten te maken. “They need to know you. They need to like you. They need to trust you.” In die volgorde. De derde stap is dan dat deze klanten ambassadeurs voor je worden. “They go out and say that you are great.”

    5. Website Van te voren had hij al verschillende websites bekeken van mensen die naar het Business Bootcamp zouden komen, en de meesten vond hij waardeloos. Een grote egotrip van de ontwerper van de website of van de uitbater ervan. Een website moet eerst van bezoekers abonnees maken, dat kan alleen doordat de bezoeker een e-mail adres achterlaat. Je moet iets verzinnen waardoor de bezoeker wordt verleid om dat te doen. Vervolgens moet deze abonnee worden omgezet in een koper. Tenslotte moet de website ervoor zorgen dat je als een expert wordt gezien op je vakgebied. Meer expliciet werd het niet, maar hij voegde er nog wel dat aan toe: “The uglier the website, the better it performs.” Ook geeft hij nog een sneer richting zoekmachine optimalisatie: “Forget search engine optimalisations. No good clients.”

    Zo in de loop van de tijd krijg je wel door dat alles heel strak is georganiseerd. Alles is helemaal gepland en er loopt niets uit. Het stramien is helemaal uitgedacht. Bij het begin van elke sessie komt een aantal mensen van het begeleidingsteam de zaal in en turft hoeveel mensen er aanwezig zijn. Alles wordt geregistreerd. Zelfs de muziek is er op aangepast. Voorafgaand aan een sessie wordt altijd ‘I gotta feeling’ van de Black Eyed Peas gespeeld en het eind van de sessie en begin van de pauze wordt begeleid door ‘Eye of the tiger’ van Survivor. Onder de opzwepende muziek van de Black Eyed Peas worden we swingend en lachend verwelkomd door het begeleidingsteam. In de loop van de twee dagen beginnen ook steeds meer mensen spontaan te dansen.

    6. E-mail marketing Sommigen zeggen dat e-mail marketing dood is, integendeel zegt Nisandeh, het is springlevend, en zelfs cruciaal voor je business. Het grijpt allemaal terug op de marketing om van vreemden vrienden te maken en van vrienden weer klanten. En daarvoor heb je de volgende zaken nodig:
    1. Je moet een lijst hebben van klanten en mogelijke klanten. Liefst in digitale vorm.
    2. Iedereen waarmee je in contact bent geweest, komt op de lijst. Hij vroeg zich bijvoorbeeld af waarom restaurants nooit om een e-mail adres vragen, zodat men benaderd kan worden om nog eens langs te komen.
    3. Je moet tenminste een voornaam en een e-mailadres hebben.
    4. Zorg voor een lokkertje, die je gratis aanbiedt en het liefst één die jou ook niets kost. Als voorbeeld noemde hij het aanbod om een pdf-document op te sturen.
    5. Communiceer regelmatig met de mensen op de e-mail lijst. Zorg dat je consequent bent, dat de frequentie van verschijnen niet wisselt.
    6. Communiceer alleen waardevolle en relevante informatie.
    7. “Tease. Promotion.”
    8. Houdt het kort.
    9. Houdt het simpel.
    10. Zorg dat het gemakkelijk is om te ‘unsubscribe’.
    Tenslotte voegde hij eraan toe. “The money is in the list. Your mailing list starts with number one.” Het lijkt wel heel duidelijk dat hij een fervente aanhanger is van e-mail marketing.

    7. Social media In de samenleving is social media niet meer weg te denken. De tijd die je in social media moet steken, moet je volgens Nisandeh als volgt verdelen: bloggen (80 %), LinkedIn (15 %), Facebook (2 %), Twitter (2 %), YouTube (1%). Je moet allereerst dus met een blog beginnen. Iemand wordt pas een vriend nadat je ermee gepraat hebt en bloggen is een vorm van conversatie. Hoe ga je aan de slag?
    1. Open een account bij Wordpress. Dat is gratis. Begin vandaag.
    2. Begin met het plaatsen van waardevolle artikelen van 600 woorden
    3. Blog op regelmatige basis. Dat kan wekelijks, tweemaandelijks of maandelijks zijn. Begin met een maandelijkse blog.
    4. Stuur de mensen die op je e-mail lijst staan een bericht dat er een nieuw blogbericht is geplaatst.
    5. Moedig mensen aan om commentaar te leveren.
    6. Reageer op deze commentaren.
    7. Gebruik de andere sociale media om mensen attent te maken op je nieuwe blogbericht.
    Over LinkedIn heeft Nisandeh nog wel wat te zeggen, maar dat slaat hij over wegens tijdgebrek. Facebook en Twitter zijn in zijn eigen ogen alleen handig om je attent te maken op je blog.

    8. Networking In Nederland zijn netwerkbijeenkomsten vaak te vrijblijvend, te gezellig. Mensen komen bij elkaar om lekker te borrelen en van echt netwerken komt weinig. Hij benadrukt dat er niet voor niets het woord ‘work’ in staat, je moet het zien als werk. Om goed te netwerken moet je het volgende doen:
    1. Normaal hebben mensen een netwerk van ongeveer 200 mensen die men goed kent en waar men zich op zijn gemak bij voelt. Je moet je aandacht niet richten op deze 200 mensen, maar op het netwerk van deze mensen. Deze hebben ook allemaal weer een netwerk van 200 mensen, dus als je daar opricht heb je het over een potentieel van 40.000 klanten.
    2. Eerst moet je geven. Je moet je kennis en contacten delen. Als je kennis deelt dan straal je kracht uit. Als je contacten deelt, dan kun je twee mensen blij maken. Als je bijvoorbeeld in contact komt met iemand die een boek wilt uitgeven, ken je vast wel iemand in je netwerk die iets te maken heeft gehad met het uitgeven van een boek. Deze mensen kun je dus in contact brengen, en als het slaagt ben jij hun held.
    3. Als je naar een netwerkbijeenkomst gaat moet je er heen gaan met een doel. Bijvoorbeeld je wilt bepaalde informatie ontvangen, of je wilt van iemand een introductie krijgen bij een persoon die je graag wilt ontmoeten.

    Dit onderdeel wordt afgesloten mee een echte netwerkbijeenkomst. Je moet een doel verzinnen en dan de zaal ingaan en connectie maken. Vervolgens de doelen uitwisselen, en als je iemand kent in je netwerk die dat zou kunnen, dan wissel je je visitekaartje uit. We hadden vijftien minuten de tijd, helaas waren de doelen dermate vaag dat ik uiteindelijk maar twee visitekaartjes heb kunnen bemachtigen.

    In totaal zijn er 13 Strategies. Na nummer acht zijn we gestopt. De overige zijn niet behandeld, volgens het bijgeleverde document betreft het Sales & Negotiation (9), Branding & Positioning (10), Becoming an Expert (11), Outsourcing & Team Building (12) en Systemizing & Automation (13). Dit zal vast voor gevordenen zijn en behandeld worden in zijn vervolgcursussen.

    Het is al laat in de zondagmiddag en het begint tijd te worden voor reclame maken voor de vervolgcursussen. De meest voor hand liggende volgende stap is om deel te nemen aan Master Entrepeneur. Want dat gaat ervoor zorgen dat je verdiensten worden verdubbeld, maar ook je Freedom wordt verdubbeld. Er hebben zich al 600 personen ingeschreven, maar er is nog plek. Wim zegt in een testimonium: “If you do everything that Nisandeh tells you to do, then you will reach your goals.” Nisandeh voegt er nog aan toe de je in 14 maanden Financial Free kunt zijn en binnen 3 jaar een miljonair.

    Ook over de andere twee cursussen wordt nogmaals uitleg gegeven. Tevens kondigt Nisandeh aan dat hij met een zeer aantrekkelijk aanbod zal komen, dat alleen vandaag geldig is, tot het eind van het Business Bootcamp. Eerst zegt hij dat als je nu inschrijft voor Master Entrepeneur, dat je dan gratis mag deelnemen aan de cursus Financial Freedom. Het begeleidingsteam achter in de zaal staat klaar om je inschrijving te ontvangen. Geroezemoes in de zaal, gratis, dat klinkt aanlokkelijk. Een paar mensen staat al op en loopt naar achter. Hij doet er nog een schepje bovenop. Als je nu inschrijft krijg je ook nog de cursus Breakthrough to Succes voor niets erbij. Nog meer geroezemoes. Hij benadrukt nog meer eens dat het aanbod alleen vandaag geldt en dat achter in de zaal het begeleidingsteam klaar staat om de inschrijving in ontvangst te nemen. Een aantal mensen houdt het niet meer en rent vol enthousiasme zo snel mogelijk naar achteren om gebruik te maken van dit aanlokkelijk aanbod. Een cadeautje van € 6.600 laat je toch niet lopen!
    Het is pauze en bij de inschrijvingstafels is het een drukte van belang. Ik denk dat zeker 100 mensen zich hebben ingeschreven, misschien wel meer.

    Implementation Plan

    Na de pauze is er nog snel even aandacht voor het slot. Het plan om het te implementeren. Dagelijks moet je tijd blokkeren om onderbroken productief werk te produceren, te beginnen met tien minuten en dan steeds verder uitbreiden. En je moet gedurende een week, elke dag tien minuten nemen om de aantekeningen van het Business Bootcamp door te nemen. Verder moeten we het volgende doen:
    1. Een follow-up geven aan de visitekaartjes die je hebt verkregen tijdens de netwerksessie. Ik had er maar liefst twee.
    2. Een follow-up geven aan alle andere visitekaartjes die je in de pauzes hebt verzameld. Ook twee.
    3. Uitzoeken welke inzichten je hebt verkregen in het Business Bootcamp.
    4. Ga op zoek naar een sparringpartner.
    5. Maak een schema van netwerkbijeenkomsten die je gaat bijwonen.
    6. Maak het juiste LinkedIn profiel. Dit onderwerp is overgeslagen en zal worden nagezonden via e-mail.
    7. Zorg dat je product verbeterd wordt tot unique en must have.
    8. Maak een e-mail lijst.
    9. Begin een nieuwsbrief.
    10. Begin met bloggen.

    Het gaat al richting zeven uur ’s avonds. Bovenstaande tien stappen worden even snel doorlopen. De aandacht kan er ook niet meer zo goed bij zijn, de twee dagen lopen echt op het einde. Het lijkt ook wel of de zaal nog bezig is het aanbod van de twee gratis cursussen te verwerken.

    We sluiten af met nog een spelletje. Boter, kaas en eieren. De opdracht is om samen met een buurman zo veel mogelijk rijen van drie kruisjes of rondjes te krijgen. Iedereen heeft een veld en met z’n tweeën heb je dus twee velden. Je begint om dit op de klassieke manier te doen, maar dan blijkt al snel dat het niet mogelijk is om er zoveel mogelijk te krijgen. Ik bedenk dat hij helemaal niet gezegd heeft dat we ieder een eigen teken moeten nemen. We kunnen bijvoorbeeld allebei kruisjes nemen. Ik ben al behoorlijk onder de indruk van mijn eigen out-of-the-box denkvermogen en ben al best trots op het feit dat ik samen met mijn buurman op onze twee velden tot maar liefst 16 rijen kom. Vergeleken met de rest van de zaal doen we het zeker niet slecht, maar er zijn mensen die nog veel meer rijen hebben dan wij. Er is niet gezegd dat je de velden niet aan elkaar mag plakken. Door onze velden aan elkaar te plakken, komen we al op 26 rijen met z’n tweeën. Maar er is ook niet gezegd dat je je moest beperken tot één buurman. Met zijn vieren of zessen kom je al tot een enorm veld en de mogelijkheden worden enorm uitgebreid als je de velden driedimensionaal achter elkaar gaat plakken. Je moet dus niet laten beperken door aannames: “Assume makes an ass out of u and me.”

    De hele boodschap van dit laatste spel is dat je het niet alleen moet gaan doen. Hier komt hij terug op het begin van de cursus waarin hij zei dat hij wil afrekenen met de religie in Nederland om ZZP-er te zijn. Het betekent niet dat je mensen in dienst moeten nemen, maar wel dat je moet gaan samenwerken.

    Dan is het afgelopen en is het tijd om naar huis te gaan. Nog steeds staan er mensen in de rij om zich in te schrijven om drie cursussen voor de prijs van één te gaan volgen, maar ik heb het wel gezien. Twee vermoeiende, maar interessante dagen zijn om. Tijd om zo langzamerhand eens conclusies te gaan trekken.

    Wat zeker goed is aan het Business Bootcamp is dat je uitgenodigd wordt om eens goed na te denken waar je mee bezig bent. Hoe zit het met het product dat je aanbiedt en hoe zit het met je doelgroep? Het is goed om daar eens over na te denken. Daarnaast heeft hij nog wel een paar praktische tips gegeven over hoe je bijvoorbeeld om moet gaan met e-mail en aanverwante zaken. Ook wel mooi vond is zijn uitgangspunt dat je eerst moet geven, voordat je gaat ontvangen. Dus ik heb zeker wat opgestoken van het Business Bootcamp.

    Verder is het best leuk om met zo’n hele groep samen zo’n belevenis te ondergaan. Dan wordt zelfs het dansen op stoelen leuk en ga je enthousiast “Yes” roepen en je hand de lucht in doen bij elke goed geplaatste opmerking. Door de afwisseling en de participatie ben je goed in staat om alles goed te volgen. Ik ben ook wel eens op een bijeenkomst geweest met veel sprekers zonder veel publieksparticipatie, nou dan is het moeilijk om je aandacht er de hele dag goed bij te houden.

    Wat wel een beetje tegen gaan staan is de gehanteerde verkooptactiek om je er toe te zetten om allerlei vervolgcursussen te gaan doen. Ergens voel je toch druk om je in te schrijven voor zijn dure cursussen, omdat het aanbod maar beperkt geldig is. In mijn ogen blijft veel geld, ook al is het nu voor drie cursussen.

    Ik blijf ook een vreemd gevoel houden over de hele entourage. Het geheel komt haast over als een sekte. Aan de leiding staat Nisandeh Neta, toevallig ook afkomstig uit Israël, en wat hij zegt wordt door zijn volgelingen ontvangen alsof het het evangelie is. Met als leidraad dat alles goed zal komen, als je hem maar volgt. De mensen in zijn begeleidingsteam zijn de discipelen, die hem devoot volgen. Zij maken een overdreven blijde indruk. Zij assisteren de grote roerganger om de bekeerlingen van het Business Bootcamp op te nemen in de gelederen. Je hebt dan de gelovigen die naar achter rennen om zich in te schrijven voor de vervolgcursussen en je hebt de niet-gelovigen die in verwarring achterblijven. Dat geeft een beetje een ongemakkelijk gevoel. Ik heb me niet ingeschreven, dus ik ben een niet-gelovige. Maar slaafs volgen is ook niet helemaal mijn stijl, dan maar een mislukkeling in de ogen van Nisandah.  Ik hoor niet graag bij een sekte, dus laat ik het gewoon bij de fantastische ervaring van twee dagen Business Bootcamp.


              Understanding Apple's platform strategy: A little theory can help   
    Today is the first day of the Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC), Apple’s annual effort to both inform and excite its ecosystem of third-party providers. As with any conference, it’s also a chance to get together with friends, old and new, particularly at parties thrown by companies that want to improve their visibility to the developer attendees.

    I remember in 1988 going to my first WWDC in San Jose: our company was so poor that the two cofounders (Neil and I) had to split a single pass to be able to have any presence at all. My last WWDC was in 2003, as my company neared its end, and I went to meet with a former employee who was in town for the conference. The conference is capped at 5,000 developers, but rather than use price to discourage demand (as do most media companies), since 2014 Apple has used a lottery system to allocate seats to registered developers.

    Since the early years of the Jobs II era (1997-2011), WWDC has been used to make important product and technology announcements for the broader public. As such, it also gives the business press to take another junket to San Francisco and write their annual (or quarterly) pontifications on the state of Apple, its products, market position, competitive advantage, business model, stock price or anything else.

    One article caught my attention on Twitter this morning:
    Apple's True Strengths Don't Lie in Innovation
    By Christopher Mims
    Wall Street Journal, 13 June 2016, p. B.1.
    …Apple's normally festive Worldwide Developers Conference begins Monday under something of a pall. The company's first quarterly sales decline in 13 years has many people asking whether it will grow again. They also want to know how Apple, with its healthy supply of cash, could make that happen.

    The conventional answer is "create a totally new product line," or its cousin, "unveil something no one has done before." That is, Apple should try to out-innovate its competitors.

    That is a terrible idea. It runs counter to Apple's strengths, as well as its growth trajectory.

    Here is why: Apple's core strengths are the scale of its ecosystem -- the company says it has more than one billion active devices world-wide -- and the spending power of their owners.
    As someone who’s studied the theory of standards wars for two decades — and Apple’s practice of standards wars for three decades, and wrote the most-cited paper on Apple’s iPhone strategy — this seemed somewhere between foolish and idiotic.

    But if you dig a little deeper, what the columnist (who seems prone to exaggerating for effect) really is doing is playing a semantic game. The language of "innovation is bad, no innovation is good” would be more accurately summarized as “risky radical innovation is bad, continuous incremental innovation is good.”

    The author states
    Apple is expert at offering a more polished, more accessible version of products and services that rivals have offered for years. And yet, it reaps over 90% of the smartphone industry's profit, and in 2015 its App Store delivered 75% more revenue to developers than Alphabet Inc.'s Google Play store.
    If you look up “innovation” in the Oxford English Dictionary, the very first definition is:
    1a. The action of innovating; the introduction of novelties; the alteration of what is established by the introduction of new elements or forms.
    In other words, by offering a superior (and unique) version of a now standard product category, Apple is following the dictionary definition of “the introduction of new elements of forms.”

    Meanwhile, any MBA who’s had a decent competitive strategy class can tell you that if you have a better product — and consistently superior profits — then you have successfully created some form of sustained competitive advantage that has survived efforts by your rivals to compete away that advantage and those superior margins.

    Perhaps this confusion is because the author has an undergraduate neuroscience major but no business degree.

    But once we get away from the terminology problems, I did find one paragraph that seemed both factual and prescient:
    In any case, I think it will be many years before mobile is toppled as the dominant platform. The PC ruled for nearly 30 years, and we are less than a decade into the age of the iPhone.
    I don’t agree with the conclusion that Apple (or Google or Facebook) shouldn’t pursue related diversification. However, I do agree that it must feed and harvest its mobile “cash cow” (as BCG defined it 45 years ago) while continuing to search for new growth opportunities.

    As an Apple shareholder, I’m disappointed at the loss in price and market cap over the past year as it lost its growth multiple. But I still think there’s enough of the company’s DNA (even after the loss of its visionary founder) to propel it to new growth as it finds a way to meet needs unmet by its many competitors and imitators.

              Open Social Media is a decade away   
    Today we wanted to send a video birthday greeting to our eldest, who is far away. We asked our youngest to make it happen (in part because her newer iPhone has 64gb while my two-year-old 16gb is full).

    The two of them have in common Snapchat and Instagram; the eldest also has WhatsApp and the youngest has Twitter. Our youngest first considered Snapchat, but that’s temporary and has a 10-second video limit, so instead chose Instagram that has a 15-second limit. They both also have Facebook, but that seems mainly used for relatives and other clueless people to send one-way communications to these teens. They also talk via Skype but (like me) don’t launch it often enough to see text messages.

    I use Twitter hourly and Facebook every day or two, while my Instagram and LinkedIn (web page) get launched perhaps once a month. So I went to Facebook to send a birthday greeting to our eldest — as did 11 other people, including my sister — but unlike with my middle-aged friends, did not prompt an ongoing stream of likes and replies.

    Clearly there is both a proliferation of competing social media platforms and little or interoperability. Some people do automatic (one-way) feeds using tools like TwitterFeed and Hootsuite, but that doesn’t allow for conversations to take place across social media boundaries.

    I am told that at the turn of the (20th) century telephone systems were not fully interoperable, and having a phone in one town meant you couldn’t call another. I wasn’t there and my dad’s gone, so (short of spending an afternoon on Google) I can’t confirm this. But (grabbing The Fall of the Bell System from my bookshelf) it’s clear that by 1913 AT&T had achieved interoperability between its local operating companies and its Long Lines division, allowing transcontinental calls to be made on its system.

    From my (aborted) dissertation, I also know that the design points of 1st generation analog cellular systems in the US, Japan and Europe were to be fully interoperable with the PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network). The US pre-cellular mobile phones of the 1960s required an operator to route calls to the PSTN, but the invention of the microprocessor made it possible for the AT&T’s car phone (and later Motorola handheld phones) to automatically complete calls. When the EU and the CEPT invented GSM —and with it Short Message Service — they made text messaging also interoperable (except with landlines) over the PSTN.

    And, of course, fax machines used the PSTN to complete calls, but generally agreed on a series of (ever-improving) transmission standards for the graphical representation of the images sent over those calls. So when the telcos were involved, they grokked interoperability.

    A Lesson from E-mail

    Perhaps a better — or at least more recent — analogy comes from the proliferation of incompatible e-mail systems prior to the commercial Internet.

    Using Google, I found a February 1987 posting I made to the Info-Mac e-mail list. After I quit my job to become a Mac developer but before co-founding Palomar Software, I used this as the signature line
    Joel West                            MCI Mail: 282-8879
    Western Software Technology, POB 2733, Vista, CA  92083
    {cbosgd, ihnp4, pyramid, sdcsvax, ucla-cs} !gould9!joel
    In between, I know my various Palomar business cards had e-mail addresses for MCI Mail, AppleLink (later eWorld) and perhaps my AOL account as well. When Apple finally provided full Internet interoperability, it said, while the next business card said when we bought our own domain name and locally hosted server.

    So there was roughly a 10-15 year period when the proliferation of proprietary e-mail systems meant that two people could have e-mail accounts but not be able to e-mail each other — and (like today’s social media) people might maintain multiple e-mail accounts.

    Now, any e-mail user can send to any other. With various MIME and HTML extensions — and dozens of client implementations —  the e-mail may get garbled or unreadable due to mutually incompatible interpretations of the format standards, but that’s a function of commoditized (often free) e-mail clients that don’t reward quality control.

    Open Social Media

    Will we ever have open social media? That would mean that there was some sort of formal interoperability standard (beyond OpenSocial), that it was implemented by the major platforms and that these implementations include the full functionality of their native platforms — public and private messages, text, images, video, “like” and perhaps even adding friends. (This ignores inherent incompatibilities such as the SnapChat model of disappearing messages).

    The business models of these various companies seems to assume (or hope) that we will not, and that they can create stickiness and keep us in their proprietary walled gardens for as many hours/day as possible. This creates winners and losers: I like the idea of LinkedIn for contacts but hate it as a content site, and so only visit it when I’m seriously procrastinating (not Twitter or Facebook or blogging procrastinating) to avoid something I really ought to be doing.

    One path forward would be vertical integration, but with one exception that seems a long way off. The exception is Facebook, which owns WhatsApp, and so could make them interoperable at any point.

    Microsoft has Skype — but no real social media — but until one of these platforms falters and is available for sale, it will have nothing to integrate. Google still thinks people will someday use Google+ and would probably be blocked anyway by the EU from buying one of the major social media platforms. Apple with iMessage seems to want to add convenient, easy-to-use clients on top of the existing (commodity) addressing and delivery systems like text messaging, rather than build a proprietary communications platform and try to gain share against the Silicon Valley upstarts.

    The 10-15 year time horizon could apply here as everyone copies each other’s features and (like email) social media platform become passé and readers move on to something else. Twitter launched in 2006, WhatsApp in 2009, and Snapchat in 2011. So realistically, barring some blockbuster acquisition there’s not much hope for the rest of the 2010s, but the 2020s seem likely to bring improved interoperability in this segment.
              Business journalism: Math is hard!   
    As a buyer, I hate price increases as much as the next consumer. As a business professor for the past 17 years, I have tried to develop (and encourage) economic literacy among future employees, entrepreneurs and voters.

    Thus, as a parent about to shell out $200 for Disneyand tickets for two teenagers, last weekend I had decidedly mixed feelings as I read an article in the Washington Post:
    How theme parks like Disney World left the middle class behind
    By Drew Harwell
    June 12

    When Walt Disney World opened in an Orlando swamp in 1971, with its penny arcade and marching-band parade down Main Street U.S.A., admission for an adult cost $3.50, about as much then as three gallons of milk. Disney has raised the gate price for the Magic Kingdom 41 times since, nearly doubling it over the past decade.

    This year, a ticket inside the “most magical place on Earth” rocketed past $100 for the first time in history.

    Ballooning costs have not slowed the mouse-eared masses flooding into the world’s busiest theme park. Disney’s main attraction hosted a record 19 million visitors last year, a number nearly as large as the population of New York state.

    But looking closer at the article, I found two math errors — both obvious to someone of my generation (but perhaps not a 30-ish graduate of U. Florida’s j-school). The net result was an apples and oranges comparison that undercut the core premise of the breathless 1,730-word exposé.

    As a former newspaper reporter, I thought I'd follow procedure — by writing to the ombudsman to request a correction. Here is the letter that I sent:
    Subject: Inaccurate statistic in Disney story
    Date: Fri, 12 Jun 2015 22:03:06 -0700
    From: Joel West

    Dear Reader Rep,

    I am writing to call attention to the inaccurate (or at best misleading) story and graph in the story on Disneyland.

    The story says:
    When Walt Disney World opened in an Orlando swamp in 1971, with its penny arcade and marching-band parade down Main Street U.S.A., admission for an adult cost $3.50, about as much then as three gallons of milk.
    This number is highly misleading because today's $99 admission includes unlimited rides, and the 1971 admission included no rides whatsoever. Instead, (when I was a kid) we had books of A- through E-tickets, or just E-tickets -- an additional amount that always totaled more than the amount of admission.

    Wikipedia and this local TV station explain it clearly:

    In the story's graph, the "price" jumps in 1982 because 1982 was when (according to Wikipedia) admissions included unlimited rides. So the 1982 price is not directly comparable to the 1971-1981 price

    This website estimates that the actual net cost in 1971 was $10.25, or almost 3x as much as your newspaper reported:

    According to this inflation calculator, that would be $59.88 in today's dollars:†

    So yes, Disney pushed through a 65% price increase ($59.88 to $99) in an era when the real price of air travel, computing, TVs and other products fell. (California and Northern Virginia real estate probably increased faster than inflation during this period).

    Still, the claim the price went from $3.50 to $99 is inaccurate, since today's readers would assume the admission prices would include unlimited rides (as it has for the past 40+ years).

    Joel West
    …, California
    (I have never worked for Disney Co nor has any member of my family)
    † With the June CPI update, the website now says the present value is $60.19.
    The ombudsman didn't think the criticism was important enough to investigate (let alone publish):
    Subject: RE: Inaccurate statistic in Disney story
    Date: Mon, 15 Jun 2015 19:43:59 +0000
    From: Readers Internet DropBox <>
    To: 'Joel West'

    Hi Mr. West,

    Thanks for taking the time to write. I’ve forwarded your feedback along to the author of the piece.


    Alison Coglianese
    Reader Representative
    The Washington Post
    As I suspected, when asked to self-police, the reporter neither published a correction (or clarification) or even bothered to reply to my correspondence.

    The article overstates the increase in the out-of-pocket price by a factor of three: as someone who went to Disneyland before Disney World opened, I can testify first hand as to how much parents had to feed the mouse to satisfy teens and pre-teens. The 6x increase in the CPI is also not negligible: a gallon of gas that today is $3.50/gallon was 25¢/gallon up until the 1973 Arab Oil Embargo. So the 28x increase is less daunting when there’s an 18x correction needed for a mouse-to-mouse comparison.

    Now I get that business skills and journalism skills are a rare combination. When in my 20s as a (small-town) reporter, I had two years of college calculus, one semester of upper division math (tensor calculus) and a degree from a prestigious technical university. Despite that, I didn’t really understand business or economics until I left journalism — starting my own company in 1987 and getting an education from the school of hard knocks. Still, a cable TV station in Orlando (the 19th largest TV market) managed to get it right — in a story written by their “web content editor”.

    This is not rocket science, folks. The reality is that the Walt Disney Company charges all the traffic will bear because it can. Knott’s, Six Flags and other amusement park are pale imitations of Uncle Walt’s original. It’s much more than the proprietary IP, as teens really don’t care about mice and princesses — but the imagination and creativity that make the rides more than just spin-until-you-puke physical entertainment. (Universal Studios —with its Wizarding World of Harry Potter — seems to be the only park operator who seems interested in competing in this segment of the market).

    Overall, one would think that America’s seventh largest newspaper — one with a historic disproportionate policy influence — would be able to hire more qualified business reporters in what is clearly a buyer’s market. (Or at least one will derive the story from the facts rather than the other way around.) For example, the WSJ is laying off a veteran business reporter who’s knows a lot about pharma and has a bachelor’s in accounting.

    That’s why I usually find more insightful and accurate coverage from industry professionals (and part-time columnists) at sites such as Forbes or Seeking Alpha. For example, more than any other news source, I learn the more about the pharma industry from Scott Gottlieb (who brings both FDA and Medicare/Medicaid experience to his MD).
              Linkedin in deutsch - und noch einen Jobbörse?   
    Das amerikanische Business Netzwerk "Linkedin" ist seit 4.2.2009 nun auch in deutscher Sprache verfügbar. Der Lauch ist ein Angriff auf den nationalen Marktführer XING. Im Rahmen beruflichen Veränderung sollten Sie Linkedin also in Zukunft durchaus in Betracht ziehen, denn Linkedin bietet für Firmen ein Joblisting und für Kandidaten eine Stellengesuchsdatenbank an, die für Unternehmen und Personalberater interessant werden könnten. Noch ist es allerdings dafür zu früh, derzeit verschickt das Unternehmen Gutscheine (125 Euro), um dieses Kerngeschäft anzukurbeln.
              Trump Unloads on Media Again - U.S. News & World Report   

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    Try as It May, Trump Administration Can't Avoid Qatar Crisis
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              This photo deeply disgusts some people, and scientists are trying to understand why   
    • Clustered holes, bumps, and similar patterns disgust some people.
    • Some 15%-17% of people may experience this disgust, called trypophobia.
    • Trypophobia is not considered a true phobia, though it's poorly understood.
    • Many researchers agree trypophobia has instinctive roots in the human brain, but disagree about its possible ties to fears from our evolutionary past.

    Does a photo of a lotus fruit, below, make your skin crawl?

    If you can't see it yet and think it might trigger you, now would be a good time to stop scrolling.

    Previous research suggests as many as 18% of women and 11% of men — or 15% of the general population — become viscerally upset after looking at images of clustered holes or bumps, according to research on the condition colloquially known as trypophobia.

    These clusters of holes are common in nature. They range from the creepy, like the back of a female surinam toad, to more mundane sights like honeycomb or clusters of soap bubbles.

    A 2013 paper in the journal Psychological Science quotes how one sufferer feels when facing a triggering image: "[I] can't really face small, irregularly or asymmetrically placed holes, they make me like, throw up in my mouth, cry a little bit, and shake all over, deeply."

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    Though trypophobia is called a "fear of holes," the more researchers look into it the more they find it's not so much a fear, and not only of holes.

    The phobia also isn't recognized by the psychological community as such. This is because it doesn't really have the signs of a true phobia, at least in the diagnosable sense.

    "Trypophobia is more akin to disgust than to fear, and that the disgust is probably an overgeneralisation of a reaction to possible contaminants,"Arnold Wilkins, a psychologist at the University of Essex, previously told Tech Insider in an email. "The disgust arises from clusters of objects, and these objects are not necessarily holes, despite the name trypophobia."

    It's a complex problem, and scientists like Wilkins continue to study, quantify, and try to explain trypophobia and its origins in the human mind.

    Disgust rooted in survival?

    Honey combWilkins and his co-researcher Geoff Cole similarly think this strange revulsion could be rooted in biology, that we've evolved to fear these formations because when found in nature they are somehow dangerous.

    To identify this effect, the researchers analyzed images found on trypophobia websites and images of holes that don't trigger trypophobia, looking for differences.

    Then, when one of the self-reported trypophobics they interviewed mentioned a fear of the pattern on a blue-ringed octopus, they had what Cole has called a "bit of a Eureka moment," during which he realized a potential evolutionary reason for this fear of weirdly clustered holes — an association with a potentially poisonous or dangerous animal.

    Here's the the blue-ringed octopus, which has venom powerful enough to kill a human:

    Greater blue-ringed octopusTo test their theory that those feared formations are associated with danger, the researchers collected 10 images of the top 10 poisonous species to analyze. The species they selected included the box jellyfish, the Brazilian wandering spider, the deathstalker scorpion, the inland taipan snake, the king cobra snake, and the stonefish and a few more, shown below.

    They showed a puffer fish, whose liver and skin contain a poison. It's the second-most poisonous vertebrate in the world:

    Puffer fishAnd a poison dart frog (which is, as its name implies, also poisonous):

    Yellow poison dart frogThey also showed a marbled cone snail, whose sting can be fatal to humans:

    Marble Cone SnailThe researchers analyzed their look and found that these poisonous species sometimes have a pattern similar to the ones that revolt trypophobes. They think ancient selection pressures on humans to avoid the types of patterns found on some poisonous animals and plants could have evolved into trypophobia.

    "There may be an ancient evolutionary part of the brain telling people that they are looking at a poisonous animal," Cole said in a 2013 press release. Put another way: The disgust some feel may well provide an evolutionary advantage, even if unconscious, because it makes people with trypophobia want to run as far as possible from the holey-looking thing.

    "We think that everyone has trypophobic tendencies even though they may not be aware of it," Cole said in the release. "We found that people who don't have the phobia still rate trypophobic images as less comfortable to look at than other images."

    However, an April 2017 study in the journal Psychological Reports questions the assertion that venomous animal patterns and trypophobia share a connection.

    The researchers, who were based in China, showed photos of venomous animals to 94 preschoolers as well as trypophobic images, and the correlation fell apart.

    "[T]he discomfort felt toward trypophobic images might be an instinctive response to their visual characteristics rather than the result of a learned but nonconscious association with venomous animals," they wrote.

    Instead, they added, it could be a more primitive feature of the mind that has no apparent explanation, akin to the sound of fingernails scratching a chalkboard.

    Developing a trypophobic scale

    Wilkins's graduate student An Trong Dinh Le, who himself has experienced intense trypophobia, has worked with Wilkins and Cole on their trypophobia research.

    The team published a follow-up paper in 2014 in The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, in which they developed a scale to better measure people's reactions to these trypophobic images. The researchers also analyzed images that induce trypophobia to understand exactly what it is that causes the unpleasant reaction.

    They discovered that trypophobia-inducing images contain some characteristics that differ from other images of nature, which are generally high-contrast (lots of brightness difference between big features) with low-contrast details (not a big difference in brightness between small features). When images don't have these natural features, they are generally more uncomfortable to view, Wilkins said.

    For example, the image below and at right has a lot of contrast to reveal details. Knowing this, the researchers reduces how trypophobic an image was by reducing the contrast of its details.

    Here's a sample of a filtered (left) and unfiltered (right) image that scores as trypophobic:

    trypophobic filtered unfilteredHowever, there are images with similar visual features that are associated with trypophobia, but — mysteriously — do not trigger a trypophobic response.

    One example is the pattern of stripes on escalator stairs, which has unnatural spatial characteristics. It's unpleasant to look at and dazzles the eyes, but does not cause a trypophobic reaction, Wilkins said.

    They also learned that trypophobes aren't just disgusted by clusters of holes — they respond just as negatively to clusters of bumps, as well.

    "Given the large number of images associated with trypophobia, some of which do not contain clusters of holes but clusters of other objects, these results suggest that holes alone are unlikely to be the only cause for this condition," the researchers write in the paper. "We consider that the fear of holes does not accurately reflect the condition."

    A different research group in Colorado has tried to better quantify trypophobic reactions by coming up with a scale to track the body's automatic responses. When someone with trypophobia looks at disgust-inducing images, their heart rates rose and their fingers began to sweat, according to an April 2017 study in the journal Personality and Individual Differences.

    While that used only 37 college undergraduates, about 17% of them (roughly the same portion of people in Wilkins' 2013 study) displayed trypophobia-like fear.

    "Although trypophobia at first glance seems irrational, these images might be triggering a primitive threat detection system," the authors wrote.

    But what in our deep past as humans could have led to the development of a trypophobic triggering system? The jury's still out on that one — including if such a system exists at all, and if it has a role in our survival.

    Jennifer Welsh wrote previous versions of this post, which we've updated to include new peer-reviewed research about trypophobia.

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              링크드인 1촌 신청을 전부 수락하는 이유   

    ‘퍼스널 브랜딩의 최고 권위자’라고 하는 Dan Schawbel이 포브스에 기고한 글입니다. 링크드인 인기글에 올라온 글이라 잠깐 읽어봤는데, 글쓴이의 생각에 찬성은 아니지만 생각해볼 점은 좀 있네요. 전 링크드인도 페이스북만큼이나 폐쇄적으로 사용(이라기보단 방치)하고 있는데, 프로필을 수정해서 트위터처럼 공개적으로 바꿀 필요성은 좀 느껴지네요.

    원문은 Why I Accept All LinkedIn Contact Requests이고, 한글화된 링크드인에 맞게(?) ‘1촌’이라는 단어를 사용했습니다.

    저는 수많은 강연을 2006년부터 해왔습니다. 강연장에서 저는 구직자들, 고용주들, 기업가들 그리고 학생들이 어떻게 링크드인을 경력과 사업적 성공을 위해 이용할지에 대해 언급해 왔습니다. 그러한 강연들에서, 저는 모르는 사람일지라도 모든 링크드인 1촌 신청을 받아들여야 한다고 항상 말합니다. 이 조언에 대해 언제나 많은 비판이 있었습니다. 사람들은 여전히 개인적이고 링크드인에서 더 큰 네트워크를 가지는 것의 힘을 이해하지 못하고 믿지 못하기 때문입니다. 이 주제에 대한 저의 입장은 2006년부터 같습니다.

    왜 여러분이 모든 사람의 신청을 수락해야 하는지에 대한 5가지 이유가 있습니다.

    1. 소개: 새로운 직업을 구하는 가장 좋은 방법은 소개를 통하는 것입니다. 1촌을 늘리는 것으로, (여러분이 한 번도 접근해보지 못했던) 구인 관리자에게 여러분을 소개할 수 있는 더 많은 사람을 가지게 됩니다.
    2. 조사: 저는 링크드인을 전문적인 안내책자로 생각합니다. 링크드인은 전문직 사람들을 위한 전화번호부입니다. 여러분이 링크드인에서 큰 네트워크를 가지고 있지 않다면, 검색할 때 볼 수 있는 프로필의 개수가 한정적으로 나옵니다.
    3. 알기: 누가 여러분을 어떤 방식으로 처음 찾았는지 알까요? 링크드인에서 여러분을 공개했을 때, 사람들은 때때로 여러분이 흥미롭다는 것을 발견합니다. 그리고 그들은 여러분을 연결합니다. 여러분이 만약 엄청난 편집증이라면, 왜 그들에게 이메일을 보내서 어떻게 여러분을 찾았는지 알려고 하지 않죠?(즉, 여러분은 편집증이 아니라는 이야기;;)
    4. 영향력: 링크드인의 1촌 숫자는 점수에 영향을 미칩니다. Klout는 소셜미디어의 영향력을 확인하려고 하는 고용주들에게 점점 더 중요해지고 있습니다. 여러분이 낮은 Klout 점수를 가지고 있다면 마케팅, PR, 미디어, 커뮤니케이션과 같은 분야에 직업을 얻는 기회에 해를 가할 수도 있습니다.
    5. 브랜딩: 보이는 링크드인 네트워크의 크기는 500개까지입니다. 여러분이 많은 1촌을 가지고 있지 않다면, 여러분은 덜 중요하게 나타납니다. 여러분의 링크드인 네트워크는 여러분의 자산이기 때문입니다. 구인하는 사람이 링크드인 프로필에 근거해 두 사람을 고른다면, 500명의 1촌을 가진 사람이 20명을 가진 사람을 항상 이길 것입니다.

    물론 예외도 있습니다. ‘항상’이라는 것은 없죠. 여러분의 경쟁상대나 여러분이 싫어하는 사람이 1촌 신청을 한다면, 여러분은 그 사람들을 절대 받아들이면 안 됩니다.

    덧) 항상(every time)이라고 본문에 써두고 마지막에 항상이라는 것은 없죠(aren’t there always!)라니요…
    덧2) 필자인 Dan Schawbel의 번역된 책으로 ‘ME 2.0 나만의 브랜드를 창조하라’라는 책이 있습니다. 평은 글쎄요;;

              Knitting - a space for creation and destruction   
    This month Fabrications' blog has a special contribution from Jonathan Faiers, reader in fashion and textile theory at Winchester School of ArtPart of this text has been previously published in the essay by Jonathan ‘From Rei Kawakubo to Mark Fast: The Void in Knitting, Or How Formlessness Shaped Up’, in Unravel: Knitwear in Fashion, MOMU, Antwerp, 2011
    Jonathan has also published a few books and last month launched his latest book "Dressing Dangerously" - Dysfynctional Fashion in Film (published by Yale University Press ) at Hackney's 'Trampery'.

    'Dressing Dangerously' book cover Yale University Press

    Since 1982 when Rei Kawakubo instructed her knitting machine operators to loosen some of the screws on their machines so that random holes would be knitted into her sweaters, the distressed or 'unravelled' has taken centre stage on the knitting runway. The radical approach adopted by Kawakubo and her contemporaries was simultaneously indebted to punk’s rejection of conventional formulations of body aesthetics as well as a philosophical exploration of the potential of the void or the 'formless'. Holes in knitting imply chaos and order, destruction and creation, and Kawakubo’s apparent random deployment of them suggested the limitlessness of space. This text will utilise Georges Bataille’s investigation of the term informe (formless), to consider Kawakubo’s ‘lace’ sweater as an operationor process that encourages a dialogue regarding notions of craft (knitting and lace), the complete and the partial, and the dysfunctional as an alternative way of understanding clothing and its relationship to the body.

    Image sourced from KnitGrandeur

    In the early 1980s the appearance on the European fashion stage of Rei Kawakubo’s work, including garments such as the ‘lace’ sweater, has been well documented. The confusion caused by her work as well as Yohji Yamamoto’s is succinctly expressed by Colin McDowell who notes that: “within one season, they gave French fashion an inferiority complex verging on a communal nervous breakdown; excited hopes and dreams in young British designers and students; panicked the Italians and totally bewildered the Americans.”[i] However, whilst the assessment of the so called Japanese revolution in fashion has naturally centred on the most spectacular/difficult/aesthetic/nihilistic collections (any number of adjectives have been deployed to describe their work according to the prevailing perspective of the commentator), it is perhaps a garment such as the ‘lace’ sweater which most effectively conveys Kawakubo’s approach to making clothes.

    Knitting at its most fundamental level is an operation that makes something from nothing. The act of enclosing spaces or more precisely setting up temporary enclosures is after all what the practice of knitting consists of. The exploration of tension, both literally as in the tension of the particular knitting stitch and emotionally when conscious of knitting’s potential to unravel, seems in Kawakubo’s ‘lace’ sweater to be its primary function. Furthermore it can be argued that the demonstration of this tension and other states (which will be discussed shortly), takes precedence over its function as a garment. As a dysfunctionalgarment, however, the ‘lace’ sweater presents a number of opportunities to explore how knitting relates to other crafts, how it oscillates between fashion and non-fashion and how it intersects with the body. 

    Image from 'Unravel - knitwear in fashion' exhibition MOMU, Antwerp 2011

    On examining the sweater in more detail it becomes apparent that it is a ‘formless’ garment structurally - it is full of holes that position it as a piece of clothing on the verge of imminent dispersal or collapse, and it is also formless in relation to how it might be worn – there is a superfluous ‘peplum’ hanging below the ribbing, the sleeves cover the hands if not folded back and the larger holes offer the possibility of multiple points of entry for the head and arms. Its holes also undermine one of the most commonly prized attributes of knitting, which is to provide warmth. As is well known mesh, or net-like fabrics (such as knitting) consisting of regular enclosures have an ability to trap air and therefore provide a layer of warmth when worn on the body (the string vest effect), Kawakubo’s sweater with its random larger holes disrupts this, negating its thermal properties and transforms it into a dysfunctional sweater. Of course as can be seen in the illustration the sweater was originally designed to be worn over another garment, which would go some way to restoring its heat generating properties; however it could also be argued that this transforms the sweater into a purely decorative garment divested of its chief function.

    Dropping Stitches, Step 3

    Image from StitchDiva's tutorial on how to purposefully drop stitches!

    The apparent devaluing of the process of following a pattern, of not ‘dropping a stitch’ and finishing off the garment sought after in hand and machine knitting alike, coupled with the ‘betrayal’ of knitting’s function to keep us warm positions the sweater firmly as fashion rather than knitting. The bewilderment, and in some quarters, anger that garments such as the ‘lace’ sweater generated when first produced suggest that it presented a threat to accepted vestimentary codes, and in addition it exposed the intrinsic formlessness and impermanence that resides at the heart of the craft of knitting. But, as Bataille proposed when discussing Manet’s painting: “To break up the subject and re-establish it on a different basis is not to neglect the subject; so it is in a sacrifice, which takes liberties with the victim and even kills it, but cannot be said to neglect it” [ii] These “liberties” are presumably what the fashion establishment felt could not be taken, but as we have seen Kawakubo’s desire for the imperfect and the accidental that is found in the operation of formlessness has since become part of the language of fashion.

    Image from 'Unravel - knitwear in fashion' exhibition MOMU, Antwerp 2011. Thanks to Shady Chronicles Blog

    It is perhaps on the level of economy that Kawakubo’s ‘lace’ sweater diverges most significantly from Bataille’s notion of the informe, and provides new insight into the sweater’s titular reference to lace making. Lace, like knitting is a fabric that is constructed from the enclosure of small spaces, but this structural relationship aside, the two crafts differ significantly. Of course both are labour intensive activities, but hand-made lace far outstrips hand knitting in terms of the amount of time taken to produce an equal amount of fabric. This fundamental difference of course results in lace’s most commonly understood quality – its rarity and therefore value. As a result of its costliness the history of lace is both violent and strangely corporeal, littered with murders, and other more bizarre bodily contacts between fabric and flesh. The stories of lengths of lace bound around the body, of being secreted amongst corpses and even inserted underneath the skinned pelts of dogs, all in order to escape the heavy tax duties imposed on lace during the height of its popularity, suggest a discourse that juxtaposes the prized with the worthless similar to Bataille’s consideration of the “movement from refuse to ideal.”[iii]

    But Kawakubo’s ‘lace’ sweater is far from refuse, even if it could be argued it is masquerading as such. Its classification as ‘fashion’ elevates it from its contingent knitting groups of the second-hand, the moth-eaten, and the thread-bare and passes from formless knitting to fully formed fashion. As Bataille warns: “In this way formless is not only an adjective having such and such a meaning, but a term serving to declassify, requiring in general that every thing should have a form. What it designates does not, in any sense whatever, possess rights, and everywhere gets crushed like a spider or an earthworm.”[iv] The economy of fashion is such that Kawakubo’s sweater can only survive fleetingly as ‘formless’, its larval stage as an indeterminate form somewhere between knitting and sculpture cannot be allowed and therefore lasts no longer than its initial showing and then is swiftly transformed into its mature form – fashion.                

     Image by Twisted Twee 'Moth patches'

    So it would seem that within the fashion industry at least formlessness is never allowed to remain so for long. Rei Kawakubo's'lace' sweater momentarily seemed to fulfill Bataille's promise of the informe being not only an adjective but also an operation, however her work was swiftly categorised as conceptual fashion, and has become fossilised as such. 'Formless' fashion it seems is not permissible and as Bataille declared: "…does not, in any sense whatever, possess rights, and everywhere gets crushed like a spider or an earthworm."[v]So perhaps it is fitting that the only true architect or designer of the formless in fashion knitting: "… is something akin to a spider of a gob of spittle." – the moth.[vi]

    Jonathan's paper "Knitting and Catastrophe" will be published in Issue 12:1 of the Textile Journal of Cloth and Culture alongside a selection of paper from the 'In the Loop' conference. 

    [i] Colin McDowell (2000) Fashion Today, p.134.
    [ii] Bois & Krauss, p. 21.
    [iii] A concept detailed in ‘The Big Toe’ in Allan Stoekl (ed.) (1985) Georges Bataille: Visions of Excess Selected Writings 1927-1939 , pp.20-3.
    [iv] Georges Bataille ‘Formless’ in (1995) Encyclopaedia Acephalica, p.51.

              Facebook the leader of social media: Survey   

    Washington: Facebook is the leader of social media, says a new survey, adding that the social networking site has also made inroads into becoming the popular choice among the elderly.

    The findings of a survey by a US-based global thinktank Pew Research Centre that involved 1,597 internet users revealed that 71 percent of US adults were hooked to Facebook in 2014 - up significantly from 63 percent in 2013, Forbes magazine reported.

    It also showed that 56 percent of Facebook users are in the age bracket of 65 years and older.

    The social media websites LinkedIn and Pinterest had 28 percent adult users.

    For micro-blogging site Twitter, the percentage of users logging in daily decreased from 46 percent in 2013 to 36 percent last year.

    Fifty-three percent of internet-users, between the ages 18-29, use Instagram, also owned by Facebook.

    The survey also found that 45 percent of internet users log in to Facebook several times a day.

    Of the respondents, 52 percent use more than one social media website - an increase compared with 42 percent in 2013.

              Comment on Website Visitors: Easy Ways To Build Audience by Kamil Migas   
    Well, I like to be busy. Of course only when I my productivity is on the high level ;) Ashley, I send you invitation on Linkedin so accept it when you can. Thanks again for the comments :)
              Comment on Website Visitors: Easy Ways To Build Audience by Ashley Davidson-Fisher   
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              Uber denies Alphabet's claim that it attempted to steal important files - Recode   


    Uber denies Alphabet's claim that it attempted to steal important files
    The company says no one knew that Anthony Levandowski allegedly downloaded files from Alphabet before joining Uber. by Johana Bhuiyan@JMBooyah Jun 28, 2017, 5:54pm EDT. tweet · share · Linkedin. Waymo, Uber. The legal saga between Alphabet ...
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              Unifica tus botones de "sígueme en..." con SozializeMe   
    Buenos días compañeros,

    SozializemeEn esta ocasión Comunícate con Lara quiere daros a conocer SozializeMe. Una herramienta bastante reciente, que se encuentra en fase beta y que facilita la tarea de seguir a nuestros contactos en diferentes redes sociales. Es una aplicación muy útil para aquellos que utilizan profesionalmente los medios sociales o para los que tienen muchas cuentas en las redes sociales.

    Antonio Revaliente y Toni Climent son los promotores de esta herramienta que pretende facilitar el manejo de las redes sociales. Los propios creadores explican que es “una startup española que lleva un mes y medio en Silicon Valley rodeándose de los mejores mentores para cambiar la forma en la que las empresas, los blogs y cualquier usuario de redes sociales sigue y es seguido en múltiples medios sociales con un sólo clic”.

    El proceso que hay que seguir al registrarse en esta página es sencillo. Sólo es necesario añadir las redes sociales en las que se tiene presencia y, de este modo, se obtiene una página de perfil que se puede completar con un enlace a una web, un código QR o un blog.

    El objetivo de este instrumento es conducir a los usuarios de un blog, web, empresa o persona hacia sus diferentes perfiles sociales. Asimismo, agiliza el proceso de seguir a una marca en todos sus medios sociales. SozializeMe también ha pensado en las empresas con webs oficiales o blogs. Por ello ha creado un botón “socializador” que pronto sustituirá a los demás iconos de “sígueme en…”.

    A día de hoy, esta aplicación admite agregar un total de siete redes sociales. Por supuesto se trata de las que están más en auge como son: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google+, Yelp y Skype. Pero Comunícate con Lara está segura de que pronto se ampliará esa lista de medios sociales.

    Parece una herramienta interesante que es importante conocer y ver como evoluciona, porque si se generaliza su uso puede resultar de gran ayuda y será interesante crear un perfil en esta página.

    Comunícate con Lara seguirá muy de cerca los pasos de esta nueva herramienta 2.0, aunque por el momento este blog no utilizará este servicio. No descarto la posibilidad de incluirlo más adelante cuando el blog cuenta con más perfiles sociales, ya que como sabéis en estos momentos sólo utilizo con regularidad Facebook, Twitter y Pinterest.

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              Medjugorje, 36 ème Anniversaire des apparitions Les 2 messages du 25 juin 2017   

    Objet :Medjugorje, 36 ème Anniversaire des apparitions Les 2 messages du 25 juin 2017
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    Date :Dimanche 25 juin 2017 22h26

     Medjugorje, 36 ème Anniversaire des apparitions

    Message du 25 juin 2017 confié à Marija
    « Chers enfants, aujourd'hui je désire vous remercier pour votre persévérance et je vous appelle à vous ouvrir à la prière profonde. Petits enfants, la prière est le cœur de la foi et de l'espérance en la vie éternelle. C'est pourquoi, priez avec le cœur jusqu'à ce que votre cœur, avec reconnaissance, chante Dieu le Créateur qui vous a donné la vie. Je suis avec vous, petits enfants, et je vous apporte ma bénédiction maternelle de paix. Merci d'avoir répondu à mon appel. »

    Message, 25 juin 2017 confié à Ivanka
    « Petits enfants, priez, priez, priez ! »

    Demain !!!!!

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              Storing User Passwords Securely: hashing, salting, and Bcrypt   

    In this article, I'll explain the theory for how to store user passwords securely, as well as some example code in Python using a Bcrypt library.

    Bad Solution #1: plain text password

    It would be very insecure to store each user's "plain text" password in your database:
    user account plain text password password password123

    This is insecure because if a hacker gains access to your database, they'll be able to use that password to login as that user on your system. Or even worse, if that user uses the same password for other sites on the internet, the hacker can now login there as well. Your users will be very unhappy.

    (Oh, and if you think no one would ever store passwords this way, Sony did just this in 2011.)

    Bad Solution #2: sha1(password)

    A better solution is to store a "one-way hash" of the password, typically using a function like md5() or sha1():
    user account sha1(password) 5baa61e4c9b93f3f0682250b6cf8331b7ee68fd8 cbfdac6008f9cab4083784cbd1874f76618d2a97
    Even though the server doesn't store the plain text password anywhere, it can still authenticate the user:
    {% filter force_escape %}def is_password_correct(user, password_attempt):
        return sha1(password_attempt) == user["sha1_password"]
    {% endfilter %}

    This solution is more secure than storing the plain text password, because in theory it should be impossible to "undo" a one-way hash function and find an input string that outputs the same hash value. Unfortunately, hackers have found ways around this.

    One problem is that many hash functions (including md5() and sha1()) aren't so "one-way" afterall, and security experts suggest that these functions not be used anymore for security applications. (Instead, you should use better hash functions like sha256() which don't have any known vulnerabilities so far.)

    But there's a bigger problem: hackers don't need to "undo" the hash function at all; they can just keep guessing input passwords until they find a match. This is similar to trying all the combinations of a combination lock. Here's what the code would look like:

    {% filter force_escape %}database_table = {
      "5baa61e4c9b93f3f0682250b6cf8331b7ee68fd8": "",
      "cbfdac6008f9cab4083784cbd1874f76618d2a97": "",
    for password in LIST_OF_COMMON_PASSWORDS:
        if sha1(password) in database_table:
            print "Hacker wins! I guessed a password!"
    {% endfilter %}

    You might think that there are too many possible passwords for this technique to be feasible. But there are far fewer common passwords than you'd think. Most people use passwords that are based on dictionary words (possibly with a few extra numbers or letters thrown in). And most hash functions like sha1() can be executed very quickly -- one computer can literally try billions of combinations each second. That means most passwords can be figured out in under 1 cpu-hour. Programs like John The Ripper are able to do just this.

    Aside: years ago, computers weren't this fast, so the hacker community created rainbow tables that have pre-computed a large set of these hashes ahead of time. Today, nobody uses rainbow tables anymore because computers are fast enough without them.

    So the bad news is that any user with a simple password like "password" or "password123" or any of the billion most-likely passwords will have their password guessed. If you have an extremely complicated password (over 16 random numbers and letters) you were probably safe.

    Also notice that the code above is effectively attacking all of the passwords at the same time. It doesn't matter if there are 10 users in your database, or 10 million, it doesn't take the hacker any longer to guess a matching password. All that matters is how fast the hacker can iterate through potential passwords. (And in fact, having lots of users actually helps the hacker, because it's more likely that someone in the system was using the password "password123".)

    sha1(password) is what LinkedIn used to store its passwords. And in 2012, a large set of those password hashes were leaked. Over time, hackers were able to figure out the plain text password to most of these hashes.

    Summary: storing a simple hash (with no salt) is not secure -- if a hacker gains access to your database, they'll be able to figure out the majority of the passwords of the users.

    Bad Solution #3: sha1(FIXED_SALT + password)

    One attempt to make things more secure is to "salt" the password before hashing it:
    user account sha1("salt123456789" + password) b467b644150eb350bbc1c8b44b21b08af99268aa 31aa70fd38fee6f1f8b3142942ba9613920dfea0

    The salt is supposed to be a long random string of bytes. If the hacker gains access to these new password hashes (but not the salt), it will make it much more difficult for the hacker to guess the passwords because they would also need to know the salt. However, if the hacker has broken into your server, they probably also have access to your source code as well, so they'll learn the salt too. That's why security designers just assume the worst, and don't rely on the salt being secret.

    But even if the salt is not a secret, it still makes it harder to use those old-school rainbow tables I mentioned before. (Those rainbow tables are built assuming there is no salt, so salted hashes stop them.) However, since no-one uses rainbow tables anymore, adding a fixed salt doesn't help much. The hacker can still execute the same basic for-loop from above:

    {% filter force_escape %}for password in LIST_OF_COMMON_PASSWORDS:
        if sha1(SALT + password) in database_table:
            print "Hacker wins! I guessed a password!", password
    {% endfilter %}
    Summary: adding a fixed salt still isn't secure enough.

    Bad Solution #4: sha1(PER_USER_SALT + password)

    The next step up in security is to create a new column in the database and store a different salt for each user. The salt is randomly created when the user account is first created (or when the user changes their password).
    user account salt sha1(salt + password) 2dc7fcc... 1a74404cb136dd60041dbf694e5c2ec0e7d15b42 afadb2f... e33ab75f29a9cf3f70d3fd14a7f47cd752e9c550
    Authenticating the user isn't much harder than before:
    {% filter force_escape %}def is_password_correct(user, password_attempt):
        return sha1(user["salt"] + password_attempt) == user["password_hash"]
    {% endfilter %}
    By having a per-user-salt, we get one huge benefit: the hacker can't attack all of your user's passwords at the same time. Instead, his attack code has to try each user one by one:
    {% filter force_escape %}for user in users:
        PER_USER_SALT = user["salt"]
        for password in LIST_OF_COMMON_PASSWORDS:
            if sha1(PER_USER_SALT + password) in database_table:
                print "Hacker wins! I guessed a password!", password
    {% endfilter %}

    So basically, if you have 1 million users, having a per-user-salt makes it 1 million times harder to figure out the passwords of all your users. But this still isn't impossible for a hacker to do. Instead of 1 cpu-hour, now they need 1 million cpu-hours, which can easily be rented from Amazon for about $40,000.

    The real problem with all the systems we've discussed so far is that hash functions like sha1() (or even sha256()) can be executed on passwords at a rate of 100M+/second (or even faster, by using the GPU). Even though these hash functions were designed with security in mind, they were also designed so they would be fast when executed on longer inputs like entire files. Bottom line: these hash functions were not designed to be used for password storage.

    Good Solution: bcrypt(password)

    Instead, there are a set of hash functions that were specifically designed for passwords. In addition to being secure "one-way" hash functions, they were also designed to be slow.

    One example is Bcrypt. bcrypt() takes about 100ms to compute, which is about 10,000x slower than sha1(). 100ms is fast enough that the user won't notice when they log in, but slow enough that it becomes less feasible to execute against a long list of likely passwords. For instance, if a hacker wants to compute bcrypt() against a list of a billion likely passwords, it will take about 30,000 cpu-hours (about $1200) -- and that's for a single password. Certainly not impossible, but way more work than most hackers are willing to do.

    If you're wondering how Bcrypt works, here's the paper. Basically the "trick" is that it executes an internal encryption/hash function many times in a loop. (There are other alternatives to Bcrypt, such as PBKDF2 that use the same trick.)

    Also, Bcrypt is configurable, with a log_rounds parameter that tells it how many times to execute that internal hash function. If all of a sudden, Intel comes out with a new computer that is 1000 times faster than the state of the art today, you can reconfigure your system to use a log_rounds that is 10 more than before (log_rounds is logarithmic), which will cancel out the 1000x faster computer.

    Because bcrypt() is so slow, it makes the idea of rainbow tables attractive again, so a per-user-salt is built into the Bcrypt system. In fact, libraries like bcrypt on pypi store the salt in the same string as the password hash, so you won't even have to create a separate database column for the salt.

    Let's see the code in action. First, let's install it:

    {% filter force_escape %}sudo apt-get install libffi-dev libssl-dev
    sudo pip install bcrypt
    python -c "import bcrypt"   # did it work?
    {% endfilter %}
    Now that it's installed, here's the Python code you'd run when creating a new user account (or resetting their password):
    {% filter force_escape %}from bcrypt import hashpw, gensalt
    hashed = hashpw(plaintext_password, gensalt())
    print hashed    # save this value to the database for this user
    {% endfilter %}

    Let's dissect that output string a little:

    As you can see, it stores both the salt, and the hashed output in the string. It also stores the log_rounds parameter that was used to generate the password, which controls how much work (i.e. how slow) it is to compute. If you want the hash to be slower, you pass a larger value to gensalt():

    {% filter force_escape %}hashed = hashpw(plaintext_password, gensalt(log_rounds=13))
    print hashed
    {% endfilter %}

    Notice that there is now a 13 where there was a 12 before. In any case, you store this string in the database, and when that same user attempts to log in, you retrieve that same hashed value and do this:

    {% filter force_escape %}if hashpw(password_attempt, hashed) == hashed:
        print "It matches"
        print "It does not match"
    {% endfilter %}

    You might be wondering why you pass in hashed as the salt argument to hashpw(). The reason this works is that the hashpw() function is smart, and can extract the salt from that $2a$12$... string. This is great, because it means you never have to store, parse, or handle any salt values yourself -- the only value you need to deal with is that single hashed string which contains everything you need.

    Final Thoughts: choosing a good password

    If your user has the password "password", then no amount of hashing/salting/bcrypt/etc. is going to protect that user. The hacker will always try simpler passwords first, so if your password is toward the top of the list of likely passwords, the hacker will probably guess it.

    The best way to prevent your password from being guessed is to create a password that is as far down the list of likely passwords as possible. Any password based on a dictionary word (even if it has simple mutations like a letter/number at the end) is going to be on the list of the first few million password guesses.

    Unfortunately, difficult-to-guess passwords are also difficult-to-remember. If that wasn't an issue, I would suggest picking a password that is a 16-character random sequence of numbers and letters. Other people have suggested using passphrases instead, like "billy was a turtle for halloween". If your system allows long passwords with spaces, then this is definitely better than a password like "billy123". (But I actually suspect the entropy of most user's pass phrases will end up being about the same as a password of 8 random alphanumeric characters.)

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              Remuddling the House    

    Using population figures from the 2000 Census, state legislators have begun to redraw the boundaries of districts for the US House of Representatives.

    And, as has happened ever since Massachusetts Gov. Elbridge Gerry created a salamander-shaped district for his party in 1812, cries of "gerrymandering" will be hooted about in this decidedly political, once-a-decade process.

    This time around, political pressures could be stronger than ever. Republicans hold only a slight advantage in the 435-seat House, as the two parties try to influence how each of the nation's 50 state houses will draw the new lines. The outcome likely will shift the power balance in Washington after the 2002 election, and perhaps for the next decade.

    Redrawing districts is, of course, necessary to accommodate shifting populations. Eight states, for instance, will be losing House seats. But more than ever, high-speed computers and the use of fine-grain demographic data from the census will allow politicians to concoct new districts that cater to incumbents and clump "types" of voters by ethnicity, political affiliation, or other stereotyping criteria.

    Many districts could wind up being fundamentally noncompetitive, ensuring that most Americans will be represented by one of the major parties for at least the next 10 years.

    So intense is this battle, that more lawsuits may be filed this time around than 10 years ago, when more than 40 states saw litigation related to redistricting.

    Does this process ensure fair and equal representation of voters? Mostly, but not enough. Creating districts according to demographic "commonalities" rather than easy-to-understand geography does not promote a healthy pluralistic society. It divides rather than unites, lessening diversity.

    If the public wants more fairness, the public will have to participate. One way to curb this "safe seat" nonsense is for citizens to monitor the work of their state legislators by designing their own ideal district maps, using the census data and simple computer software. Some states even distribute this software for free.

    Such alternative districting will help reduce the mystery of the process, which many politicians would like to perpetuate.

    Citizens may also want to bring up another issue about their districts. The population count for each district has become too big. The average size now hovers around 650,000 - or triple the number in 1910 - proof that congressional representatives are ever more removed from the people.

    When the US population was growing from the Civil War to 1910, the House grew along with it - by 40 members or so every 10 years. Then, the growth stopped. The statute that mandates the House have 435 members should be changed. That - along with voters demanding House districts be based on simple geographic areas reflecting local diversity - will help ensure more effective political representation in Congress.

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              ¿Cómo ganan dinero? 10 modelos de negocio para empresas de hoy   
    Convivimos con muchas empresas y en general las entendemos sin problema. Pero hay algunas, principalmente las relacionadas con internet, que en ocasiones nos sorprenden. No podemos olvidar la famosa burbuja de las puntocom a principios de siglo, cuando centenares de empresas crecían sin parar (y captaban más y más inversión) sin tener un modelo de generación de negocio de verdad, lo que terminó en un drama económico de envergadura. Por eso nos preguntamos a menudo: cómo ganan dinero (o cómo esperan ganarlo) todas estas empresas de servicios on-line que no cobran nada?

    Google (buscador -

    Nadie pone en duda hoy en día que Google es una empresa que funciona y es claramente rentable (todo el mundo usa Google, ya que se reveló desde casi sus inicios como la solución al gran caos que es la red). Casi todo el mundo sabe que sus ingresos vienen principalmente de la publicidad y de forma más somera de opciones freemium (por ejemplo utilidades de google docs para empresas  *freemium para los que no estéis acostumbrado se refiere a servicios gratuitos –free- que pueden ser mejorados – premium- a través del pago de una cuota). Lo que quizás es menos conocido es que durante los primeros años del buscador, éste no tenía un modelo de negocio. En Google no sabían cómo ganar dinero a pesar de que no paraban de crecer y crecer. Finalmente fue la puesta en marcha de Adwords lo que dio el vuelco a la compañía y la convirtió en lo que es hoy. 
    Para los que no sepan cómo funciona, Google cobra por los clics que se dan en los enlaces patrocinados que aparecen en la parte superior y el lateral de las búsquedas. El coste de cada clic varía dependiendo de las palabras que se el usuario está buscando, la competencia que hay por aparecer en esa palabra y la calidad de la web destino. El hecho de que Google durante años creciera sin tener ni idea de cómo ganar dinero, ha animado a muchos otros emprendedores digitales a montar empresas sin saber cómo rentabilizarlas y con el único objetivo de "ganar volumen" considerando que una vez lo tengan encontrarán el modo de ganar dinero con ello. 

    Facebook (red social -

    La red social por excelencia del mundo occidental gana dinero a través de la publicidad. Se ha discutido mucho si la empresa era o no rentable. Podemos decir que en España lo es. Su crecimiento ha sido espectacular, y en nuestro país ha pasado de facturar 60k euros en 2009 a más de 2M de euros en 2012. Ya en 2009 era rentable con 3k euros de beneficio, lo que a final de 2012 eran más de 100k (también es cierto que en España Facebook hace poco más que vender, por lo que los costes de la compañía aquí son bajos).
    Facebook permite generalmente una buena segmentación a los anunciantes, el secreto de su éxito es la información que los usuarios vierten a diario a la red que permite a los anunciantes hacer un targeting específico mucho más rico de lo habitual. 
    La duda en el mercado seguirá siendo si la empresa es capaz de generar tanto dinero como su valor promete.

    Whatsapp (aplicación móvil -

    Es un “must”, está en todas partes y nadie pone en duda lo útil que es Whatsapp (de hecho está aplicación ayudó a incrementar la venta de teléfonos inteligentes en nuestro país!). Pero lo que sucede con esta aplicación (que Facebook recientemente compró pagando más de 40 euros por usuario, unos 12KM de euros o 19KM de dólares en total) es que aún no tiene modelo de negocio. El pago por la aplicación (de menos de 1 euro vitalicio para los usuarios de Iphone y de un euro a partir del primer año para los de Android) no justifican para nada el valor y coste de la compañía. 
    En internet ruedan fantásticos artículos que explican que la app gana dinero a través de la inversión de terceros, lo que es un poco absurdo, eso no una forma de "ganar dinero" es sólo un modo de hacer sobrevivir la empresa. Pero ésta no tiene aún un modelo de negocio que genere beneficios. 
    Eso sí, es una empresa enorme, gigante y muy vinculada a sus usuarios (quién puede vivir sin Whatsapp?) por lo que las empresas invierten en ella (o como Facebook, la compran) esperando a que en algún momento podrán rentabilizar todo ese volumen (como hizo Google). Se estima que la gran cantidad de información que depositan a diario los usuarios de Wahtsapp podría implicar una herramienta para publicidad segmentada inigualable en el futuro. 

    Instagram (red social ideada para móvil- 

    Otra compra millonaria de Facebook(esta por sólo 1KM de dólares), igualmente sin modelo de negocio. Se puede considerar un modelo similar (a pequeña escala) al caso de Whatsapp. Como en aquél, los creadores ya descansan tranquilos, porque el dolor de cabeza de hacer de eso algo rentable está ya en manos de Zuckerberg y los suyos. 

    LinkedIn (red social -

    Es uno de mis favoritos. LinkedIn es claramente rentable gracias a las opciones fremium que ofrece (que no son nada económicas) y que hoy en día son un “must” para head hunters, departamentos de recursos humanos, comerciales y gente que busca empleo.
    Si bien la publicidad es otra línea de ingresos para la empresa, la fortaleza de su programa de membresía (que trabaja con los formatos promocionales del marketing de resultados clásico) es la clave del éxito de la empresa. Y permite ofrecer un gran servicio gratuito a todos aquellos que no están dispuestos/ interesados a pagar y cuyo volumen da valor a los demás usuarios.

    Uber (aplicación móvil -

    Esta empresa que se dedica a la gestión de servicios de transporte (inicialmente transporte de personas aunque no descartan empezar a realizar transporte de paquetes) ha salido mucho en la prensa últimamente. El motivo de su reciente fama es la controversia que ha despertado en sectores como el taxi, la intrusión de este servicio (que permite que cualquier conductor pueda ofrecer transporte a terceros a través de la aplicación). No entraremos en el debate, simplemente os contaremos como funciona.
    Uber facilita a los clientes una aplicación para pedir un transporte y otra a los conductores para recibir avisos de recogida de pasajeros y cobrar a través de la cuenta del móvil del cliente. La gracia es que elimina la necesidad de pago en metálico y la gestión de cobros. Lo que es cómodo para las dos partes. El cliente por defecto tiene indicado en sus preferencias ofrecer un 20% de propina (que se carga en la cuenta que se paga de forma automática, no se da nunca dinero en metálico). Curiosamente la cuota que cobra Uber por carrera es del 20% también, por lo que en caso de no reparar en ello, el conductor cobra la tarifa integra del viaje y por decirlo de algún modo Uber solo se lleva la propina. Si el cliente modifica su porcentaje de propina Uber sigue cobrando el 20%, por si os interesa saberlo.
    En España Uber acaba de aterrizar pero el modelo es escalable hasta el infinito por lo que al llegar a una cantidad crítica de carreras el negocio será rentable sin duda (si la ley no lo evita).

    Bla Bla car (red social -
    Air BnB (buscador de alquileres

    La gente pone a Bla Bla Car y Uber en el mismo saco, pero de hecho Bla Bla Car está en el mismo saco que Air BnB. Ya que estás dos empresas cobran una comisión por la gestión de facilitar a una persona que encuentre a otra para compartir gastos de coche o para arrendar su piso (de hecho lo vinculan a una gestión por el uso de las herramientas de la web, separando claramente su comisión del objeto del contrato). Así a diferencia de Uber, éstas no cobran el servicio de llevar a alguien o alojarlo, su papel es de “presentador” y así lo de claro lo dejan, de modo que no se entra en la controversia de que sean empresas que compiten con hoteles y taxis. Si bien aún con ello hay gente que se queja de las dos empresas... sabemos que los modelos disruptivos suelen tener detractores.
    Las cuotas que establecen ambas empresas van vinculadas al valor de la reserva (Airbnb cobra un 3% del valor al anunciante y entre un 6% y un 12% al huésped)
    En Bla Bla car dependiendo de la anticipación de la reserva el coste de la gestión va de 0,55€ + 6,60% de la cuota + IVA hasta 0,99€ + 10,40% de la cuota + IVA por reserva.
    Como en otros negocios puramente on-line la escalabilidad es muy elevada por lo que no es difícil alcanzar la rentabilidad una vez logrado el volumen por lo que ambas empresas serán claramente rentables (como en Uber, a menos que la ley se lo impida).

    El Tenedor (buscador de restaurantes -

    Recién adquirida por TripAdvisor El Tenedor tiene un modelo más interesante de lo que parece de entrada.
    Si bien una parte importante de sus ingresos se derivan de cobrar una comisión a los restaurantes por cada reserva realizada a través de su web (aproximadamente 2 euros por comensal, dependiendo del tamaño de la mesa), el principal motor de el tenedor es la opción freemium que ofrece a los restaurantes para usar sus aplicaciones.
    El Tenedor ofrece a todos los restaurantes que desean estar en su página su aplicación on-line para gestionar las reservas que se derivan de la web. Y en los casos en que los restaurantes deseen una gestión más completa (y sustituir su software y su libreta de reservas) pueden pagar 30 euros al mes para tener acceso a las herramientas de el tenedor (software de gestión para hostelería). Existe aún una versión más premium por unos 45 euros que permite mayores funcionalidades (y herramientas de marketing). Justamente esta oferta de cuotas a restaurantes (cobros recurrentes) es el secreto de la rentabilidad de la empresa. Ya que el cobro por reservas se compensa con el coste de la generación de los leads necesarios para alcanzar esas reservas (vamos, que ese ingreso se lo acaba llevando Googlecobrando a El Tenedor por publicitarse en SEM). 

    Just-eat (comida a domicilio -

    Otro de esos misterios de las empresas on-line es la web de comida a domicilio Just-eat (y todas sus competidoras). Porqué uno se pregunta cómo ganan dinero si tú pagas normalmente lo que pone en la carta del restaurante (y a veces menos gracias a los descuentos).
    Just-eat nació en Dinamarca en 2001 y se hizo fuerte en España tras la compra del portal Sin delantal, que era su principal competidor en nuestro mercado. Su modelo de negocio se basa en cobrar al restaurante al que le haces un pedido entre un 10% y un 15%. Ese es el ingreso principal (y cuando hacen descuentos, los hacen contra ese margen o aceptando pérdidas para captar clientes). Adicionalmente cobran un pequeño canon de entrada a los restaurantes que deseen trabajar con ellos y como tercera fuente de ingresos, comercializan merchandising a estos mismos restaurantes (normalmente packaging para el servicio a domicilio).
    El modelo funciona de forma global, basado de nuevo en el volumen (y la escalabilidad que le ofrece rentabilidad).

    Hay muchas empresas que descubrir, y seguiremos averiguando porqué no hay nada más divertido que aprender sobre los modelos de negocio que mantienen las compañías que nos rodean (bueno, quizás hay alguna cosilla más divertida, pero pocas).

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    Y recordad: si no tiene modo de ganar dinero, no es una empresa.

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    o Must be accountable to drive deliverables towards completion

    Required skills:
    o Very strong to expert in Tableau 8.x.x series knowledge base
    o Strong reports development and database experience
    o Good communication skills
    o Problem-solving skills / integrative thinking

    Desirable skills:
    o Tableau Mobile App experience
    o Server monitoring, troubleshooting, Patch Strategy, Disaster Recovery and ability to make future strategy decisions
    o Coding knowledge along with developing custom monitoring reports
    o WebLogic, Apache Web Servers and Windows Virtual environment experience
    o Databases including SQL Server, Teradata, DB2, and Oracle

    If you believe you're qualified for this position please RESPOND NOW by applying with a detailed copy of your resume and contact information to for immediate consideration. We have an excellent referral program if you wish to refer a friend or colleague who might have the required qualifications and gets hired. Please contact us to find out more.

    We are constantly seeking qualified candidates for various positions. We invite you to follow us on LinkedIn and bookmark our website to review new opportunities.

    TGC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
              Excel VBA Programmer / Analyst   
    TGC Global is a premier consulting and information technology services firm focused on achieving business results through the application of state-of-the-art technology solutions. TGC Global provides specialized IT consulting under its three core practice areas Professional Services, Communication Services and CTO advisory. A proactive customer service approach has become the hallmark and foundation of TGC?s culture. Accordingly, TGC?s customer loyalty and satisfaction ratings are second to none. Our employees are our strengths and we make the difference every step of the way. Join us to make a difference.

    TGC is actively seeking to recruit an Excel VBA Programmer / Analyst for an immediate 12+ months onsite assignment for a client at Richmond, VA.

    Main skill is Excel

    Job description:
    o Responsible for the design and development of Excel-based tools used by customer service agents.
    o Included within those responsibilities are the areas of data access and delivery technologies. Includes expertise in data quality, data organization, metadata, and data profiling.
    o May provide technical support on data warehouse teams.
    o Demonstrated ability to move from one sequential assignment to the next (work environment and priorities can change quickly depending on business needs).
    o Demonstrated ability to move data between production systems and across multiple platforms.
    o 3-5 years? experience developing in utilizing Visual Basic in Excel 2010 is mandatory.
    o Experience developing in Teradata SQL is preferred.
    o Works substantially with little supervision or oversight to deliver key milestones.
    o Less than 30 days to self-sufficiency.

    If you believe you're qualified for this position please RESPOND NOW by applying with a detailed copy of your resume and contact information to for immediate consideration. We have an excellent referral program if you wish to refer a friend or colleague who might have the required qualifications and gets hired. Please contact us to find out more.

    We are constantly seeking qualified candidates for various positions. We invite you to follow us on LinkedIn and bookmark our website to review new opportunities.

    TGC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
              Pandora Presents: Theophilus London   
    Click that image to head to a series of videos we edited for our friends at Pandora. This round of Pandora Presents features Theophilus London in Chicago. Another great Pandora project. Tweet This! Share this on Facebook Share this on LinkedIn Share this on Share this on Reddit Digg this! Post this to Current [...]
              Project Manager Available   

    Having been made redundant I am attempting to maximise the reach of my job search by posting here. For the past five weeks I have been applying for positions, meeting with ex-colleagues and others in my network, cold calling recruitment agencies and received professional CV and interview technique advice. During this time I have had two interviews that haven't progressed beyond that stage.

    A very high level profile of me:

    "Over 28 years experience as a Project Manager and Program Manager with a strong background in leading large scale complex IT and business projects with international teams and significant budgets (up to $15M). Successful Financial, Insurance and HR projects experience in customer focused roles. Organisational Change Management capability with the ability to manage both Agile and traditional projects."

    I would be very grateful if anyone knows of any Auckland Project Management positions, both permanent and contract, please PM me for a link to my LinkedIn profile and a copy of my CV (or if you have any questions/information).

              Twitter Unlinks From LinkedIn   
    Twitter just changed the syndication rules for LinkedIn users. Anti-social media, anyone?
              Jubileum versie van Informatiecongres BOBCATSSS van start   
    In Amsterdam gaat morgen, maandag 23 januari, de jubileumeditie van het Informatiecongres BOBCATSSS van start. Hét jaarlijkse internationale congres voor informatiespecialisten. Drie dagen lang discussiëren studenten, docenten en professoren van informatieopleidingen en andere vakgenoten uit diverse landen over de stand van zaken in én de toekomst van het informatievak. De organisatie is in handen van studenten en medewerkers van de IDM-opleidingen van de Hanzehogeschool Groningen, de Hochschule der Medien (Stuttgart) en de Hogeschool van Amsterdam.

    Het Informatiecongres BOBCATSSS werd voor het eerst georganiseerd in 1993 in Hongarije. De afgelopen jaren was steeds een ander land host voor dit unieke congres. En de opleiding IDM van de Hanzehogeschool uit Groningen was er vaak bij. Groningse studenten en docenten organiseerden workshops en posterpresentaties in onder andere Italië, Hongarije, Portugal en Duitsland.

    Vanwege het jubileum en het feit dat de initiatiefnemer een Nederlander was, wordt BOBCATSSS 2012 in Amsterdam gehouden. De opening is in Het Koninklijk Instituut voor de Tropen met lezingen van Karin Spaink en Anne Helmond. De overige twee congresdagen zijn op de Hogeschool van Amsterdam. Dinsdag en woensdag zijn er maar liefst 200 lezingen, workshops en posterpresentaties.

    De studenten van de opleidng IDM uit Groningen geven, in samenwerking met studenten van de IDM opleidingen uit Stuttgart en Vilnius, Litouwen, enkele workshops.

    Onder de bezoekers zijn vele studenten, docenten en andere vakgenoten uit onder andere de VS, Denemarken, Zuid-Afrika, Brazilië en Duitsland. In totaal een kleine 500 bezoekers.

    Meer informatie is te vinden op de website (met onder andere een uitgebreid programma).
    BOBCATSSS 2012 is verder te volgen via Facebook, Linkedin en Twitter.

    Kees Westerkamp
              Politie Groningen gaat Twitteren. Student IDM is erbij!   
    De Regiopolitie Groningen staan al enkele jaren bekend om hun voortrekkersrol in ons land op het gebied van digitale informatievoorziening. En dus konden ze niet achterblijven als het gaat om Twitter. De berichtenservice die wereldberoemd werd door bijvoorbeeld het vliegtuigongeluk op de Hudsonriver in New York maar ook de crash van de Turkse Boeing bij Schiphol eerder dit jaar. Want met Twitter kan een doodgewone consument ineens voor verslaggever gaan spelen door online korte berichten te posten op zijn/haar 'profiel' die, als het meezit, gelezen wordt door vele nieuwsgierige personen. En hot news gaat soms sneller via Twitter dan via de reguliere nieuwskanalen!

    Maar Twitter wordt ook in toenemende mate ook ingezet door organisaties (bedrijven, uitgevers e.d.) om nieuws te verspreiden en kennis te delen. Een politieorganisatie kon dus niet achterblijven. Al eerder werden nieuwe technische snufjes uitgeprobeerd. Bijvoorbeeld de Attenderingsservice via de PDA en de inzet van mobiele camera’s. "Met Twitter wil de Groningse politie gebruik maken van nieuwe digitale communicatiemogelijkheden."

    Sinds deze week is de Regiopolitie Groningen van start gegaan met een pilot waarbij een viertal buurtagenten en een jeugdagent twitteren over wat ze meemaken. Een interessant project. "De buurtagenten en jeugdagent gaan rechtstreeks communiceren met de bewoners van hun wijk. Dit doen ze door informatie te delen, bijvoorbeeld een getuigen oproep of een vooraf aangekondigde controle. Zogezegd is het middel interactief, de bewoners kunnen dan ook op de berichten van de agent reageren. Op die manier is het voor iedereen mogelijk om samen met de buurtagenten en jeugdagent de leefbaarheid in de wijk te vergroten", aldus een bericht van de Politie.

    "Voor het verzenden van de Twitterberichten maken zij [opm.: de agenten] gebruik van een PDA. De Tweets van de buurtagenten worden aangevuld met de pers- en nieuwsberichten die betrekking hebben op de desbetreffende wijken."

    De buurtagenten en/of de jeugdagent volgen? Dan kan per wijk via:
    Of afzonderlijk via:

    West-indische buurt: Andries Nederhoed
    Oost-indische buurt: Nico Lefferts
    De Hoogte /Selwerderwijk: Jaap Wallinga
    heel werkgebied Noord: Fred Wilbrink, jeugdagent
    Oosterhaar: Peter Boekweg

    Over een half jaar wordt de pilot geëvalueerd. Dan moet blijken of het voldoende succes is om mee door te gaan. "Dan is een uitbreiding van de wijken, een verlening van de proef of de implementering van Twitter als vast communicatie middel een optie", aldus de Regiopolitie Groningen.

    Het leuke voor mij is vooral dat een student van onze opleiding IDM / Media & Informatiemanagement het project als stageopdracht begeleidt. Sociale media zoals Twitter maar ook LinkedIn en Hyves, hebben de laatste jaren een plek gekregen binnen onze opleiding. Deels door ze in te zetten als communicatiemiddel en deels omdat kennisdeling en informatievoorziening voor een belangrijk deel via dit soort kanalen loopt. Werkgevers zijn in toenemende mate op zoek naar stagiaires en afstudeerders die verstand hebben van de werking en inzet van sociale media in de bedrijfsvoering. En bij de opleiding IDM bij je dan op de juiste plek!!

    Kees Westerkamp (en ook op twitter)

              Waar zitten onze afgestudeerden?   
    "Het analyseren en in kaart brengen van alle huidige werkplekken van de IDM’ers die de afgelopen 10 jaar aan de Hanzehogeschool Groningen zijn afgestudeerd." Dat is het onderzoek dat onze 3e jaars student Michiel Wolda momenteel uitvoert voor ons Instituut (voor Communicatie en Media waar de opleiding IDM deel van uitmaakt). Wij willen graag weten waar iedereen terecht is gekomen. Bij welke organisatie? In welke branche? We zijn natuurlijk nieuwsgierig hoeveel afgestudeerden ook daadwerkelijk in het werkveld terecht zijn gekomen. En wellicht is het werkveld wel groter of juist kleiner dan wij ons realiseren.

    Behalve dat wij natuurlijk nieuwsgierig zijn, willen we ook in contact komen met onze oudstudenten voor mogelijke betrokkenheid als opdrachtgever bij lesthema's, stage- en afstudeerprojecten. En tot slot is er altijd behoefte aan leuke en inspirerende gastsprekers.

    Aan de hand van een lijst met 507 afgestudeerden gaat Michiel komende weken kijken of onze oudstudenten te traceren zijn via Linked of Hyves. Vervolgens krijgen ze een uitnodiging lid te worden van onze speciale discussie- en netwerkgroep op Linkedin: "BDA/BDI/IDM subgroup voor studenten en almuni"

    Ben benieuwd naar de uitkomsten!

    Kees Westerkamp

    (het vraagteken komt van het Kind-Doe-Centrum "Technopolis" in het Belgische Mechelen).

              Networked Intelligence   
    RT @LinkBeat_: So true"@linkedinselling: "This is not an information age its an age of networked intelligence"" — Don Tapscott (@dtapscott) May 15, 2014 Ob das so stimmt? Diese vollmundigen Benennungen haben jedenfalls ihre Tücken: Tapscott schrieb vor Jahren ein … Weiterlesen
              Should I Have a LinkedIn Profile?   
    Question: Is having a profile on LinkedIn critical for professionals? I have asked many of my colleagues with profiles and only one has ever been contacted via LinkedIn. I get this question a lot. LinkedIn is simply one tool in your job search tool box. I think too many candidates think they can just put […]
              How Can I Stand Out?   
    Question: What is the best way for an executive to distinguish themselves from all of the other executives chasing the same positions? This is one of the most important issues all candidates must tackle during a job search. In today’s job market companies are very specific when hiring. You cannot be a jack of all […]
              How Do You Deal With Age Discrimination?   
    Question: How does an older person deal with the issue of age discrimination? If we are graying should we include a picture on LinkedIn? This is a very controversial issue. In my thirty years as a recruiter, I have never encountered what I consider to be age discrimination. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t occur, as […]
              Hoe Socia(a)l ben jij eigenlijk?   

    Ze zijn ongekend populair: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Youtube. Internettoepassingen waarmee we tekstberichten, foto’s en fimpjes met elkaar kunnen delen. … Lees verder Hoe Socia(a)l ben jij eigenlijk?

    Het bericht Hoe Socia(a)l ben jij eigenlijk? verscheen eerst op Stop je verslaving.

              Why You Must Use a Job Search Coach   
    I received a note from one of our LinkedIn Job Search Discussion Group members today. By the way, if you’re not currently a member of our popular LinkedIn Discussion Group, you can join by clicking this link. He posed a great question after reading my latest blog postings on why it’s important to have an […]
              2 Major Job Search Problems You Can Fix This Week   
    A lot of my ideas come from personal experience.  Some directly as a part of my 2007 job search experience, some from my 18 years as a hiring manager and some that originate in life and remind me of either of those two. Here is an example of the last one from this morning. I […]
              How To Find The Hidden Jobs Before Recruiters and Others Do   
    What does the term “hidden job market” mean to you? Where do you think this hidden job market exists? How do you tap into this hidden job market? To many candidates, I believe the “hidden job market”  means those jobs not listed with recruiters or posted on the Internet, either on a job board or […]
              Are You Effectively Using LinkedIn in Your Job Search?   
    LinkedIn is the most effective online tool for professional networking. However, most executive and managerial job search candidates under utilize the power of LinkedIn for the their job search. In this radio program, Brad and Barry discuss the various elements of creating a powerful and effective strategy that incorporates LinkedIn as a key component of […]
              Can You Be Fired From Your Job Over On-Line Comments?   
    I was reading an interesting blog post, titled “You Can Lose Your Job Over Blog Comments, Too” by a well-known author, Daniel Scocco, who writes about blogging on his site. Below is partial reprint of the article: In the past we have seen people losing their jobs for bad mouthing their companies on Twitter […]
              New Poll Shows Over 50% Unemployed For Over A Year   
    I recently conducted a  non-scientific poll using LinkedIn. 912 people responded to the poll and the results follow with some commentary on the results. The only question asked was, “How long have you been unemployed and looking for a job?” Since most of the people on LinkedIn tend to be professionals, one can draw the […]
              Job Search Booster Shot – Is LinkedIn Working for You?   
    A lot of candidates have given up on LinkedIn. I probably speak with 20-30 executive candidates a week who’ve been out of work over a year. When I ask about their thoughts of using LinkedIn to find a job – I can almost hear the frowns and sour expressions over the phone. Have you given […]
              Take The One Question LinkedIN Poll On Unemployment   
    We have a one question poll dealing with unemployment that is currently active. Please take less than a minute and voice your experience. Just CLICK HERE to participate in the poll. We will post the result shortly, however, once you take the poll you can see the very surprising results. Many have already commented on […]
              Job Search Firestorm of Controversy   
    As many of our loyal readers know – I’m not shy about vocalizing (can you do that on a blog?) my thoughts related to job search. In fact, I’m probably one of the more (along with my partner Brad Remillard) controversial figures in job search blogging. Brad and I give “straight talk” (better known as […]
              LinkedIn Profiles Are Worthless, If People Can’t Find You   
    I firmly believe that most LinkedIn profiles are worthless, even the really good ones. I even teach a webinar on building a compelling LinkedIn profile. This is not to say that profiles on LinkedIn are not important. They are definitely important. Most are just worthless not only because they leave out valuable information, but also […]
              Why Don’t Candidates Use LinkedIn Effectively?   
    Are you leveraging LinkedIn in your job search? If not, you could be dragging your job search on for a longer period of time than is necessary. LinkedIn provides one of the greatest sets of job search tools – practically for FREE! Why then are so many candidates so bad at using it for their […]
              Recruiters Are Your Friend And Your Best Job Search Resource   
    I read hundreds of blogs, LinkedIn comments, responses to our articles, tweets on Twitter, and emails from candidates every month about recruiters. Many are negative. Most complain about recruiters. Many are justified and many are not. Like everyone in a personal services business, you can please some of the people all of the time, all […]
              Consulting Can Be Harmful To Your Job Search   
    Candidates often take on consulting jobs while in an active job search. Granted, many need the income and if that is the reason for taking the consulting job I completely understand. However, this may be one reason you are in a job search longer than necessary. This may also be one reason for the roller […]
              Interesting Poll Results Regarding Resumes   
    Over the last few months I have conducted a couple of very non-scientific polls on LinkedIn. I wanted to better understand what candidates do with their resumes. Granted, these two polls don’t give all of the answers, but they did show some interesting answers. Like many polls, they might have created more questions than answers. […]
              Getting Professional Help Can Shorten Your Job Search – Example 1- Turnover   
    This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Getting Professional HelpI find it interesting that people will pay for help for just about anything but their job search. People pay for dance lessons, golf and tennis lessons, piano lessons, financial help, help with taxes, the list is endless. Yet for possibly the most […]
              Effective Networking Step 3 – Stop Meeting People   
    This entry is part 2 of 1 in the series Effective Networking Step 2 On-line Social Media & LinkedInSo many candidates misunderstand effective networking. They really don’t even understand networking. Many think networking is all about meeting people. The more you meet, the better the network. This is one of those misguided themes that lead […]
              Building An Effective Network Step 2 – Online Social Media & LinkedIn Profile   
    Step one of effective networking focused on the offline networking process. It discussed why so many candidates receive such little value from networking that most just give up. I understand why this happens and hopefully the 4 steps started to change how most candidates approach networking. Online networking is becoming more and more an effective […]
              10 Reasons Why Candidates Fail At Networking   
    Studies show that over 80% of all jobs are within the “hidden job market”. Only 15%-20% of all jobs are filled through job board advertising or through recruiters. If all you’re doing as a candidate is applying for jobs posted on-line, your job search is doomed to fail. To see the great opportunities within the […]
              Effective Networking Requires Planning – Step #1   
    This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series effective networkingThe key word in the title is “effective.” Anyone can network ineffectively. The sad part is that most people I meet do ineffective networking. What is sadder is that they get frustrated or burned out and often give up. The common belief  I hear […]
              Mediocre Networking equals Failed Job Search   
    I just published a blog on our HIRE and RETAIN Top Talent Blog aimed at hiring executives and managers on the subject of networking. You can read this blog posting on networking for Executives and Managers by CLICKING HERE. Outrageous Claim ? Networking is Critical to a Career In this blog posting, I made the […]
              Establish Your Job Search Credibility on LinkedIn – Job Search Tactic #6   
    Did you know LinkedIn provides an instant credibility building tool for developing your personal brand? Did you know that within just a few weeks you have an ability to rise to the top of recruiters, hr professionals, and hiring manager radar screens? Combine the Question and Answer element of LinkedIn with the other recommendations we’ve […]
              How Recruiters Search Using LinkedIn & What We Look For   
    So much has been written on the importance of a complete and compelling LinkedIn profile.  I am currently working on two searches for which I am extensively using LinkedIn to source candidates. From what I have seen, one would think that LinkedIn is either a new or non-essential tool. Nothing could be further from the […]
              Everyone Cares What Your Status is on LinkedIn – Job Search Tactic #5   
    In our last blog post, we built the foundation for why it’s important to update your status on LinkedIn You can read the previous blog post, by CLICKING HERE. Let’s take the conversation down from 40,000 ft. to ground level. As a job seeker, how can you effectively use status updates on LinkedIn for your […]
              Your LinkedIn Profile May Be More Critical Than Your Resume In A Job Search   
    This is an important discussion that I believe will accelerate over the next few years, especially for professionals and those in managerial positions. However, I still believe that the discussion is very relevant for all others. Right now this is the, “which came first the chicken or the egg” argument. So what do recruiters, HR, […]
              Who Cares What Your Status is on LinkedIn? Job Search Tactic #4   
    Lots of people care! Your network wants to be given an opportunity to clap for you! That’s why you should be updating your status every 24-48 hours. Your network wants to know how your job search is progressing Your network wants to know the type of companies with whom you’re interviewing Your network wants to […]
              Is Your LinkedIn Profile Hurting Your Job Search?   
    At a recent Vistage meeting of about 20 CEOs we were discussing using social media as a way to find people.  One of the CEOs indicated it is also a great way to eliminate people. I wasn’t overly surprised to learn that many hadn’t thought about social media for hiring, but I was surprised to […]
              How Would You Rate Your LinkedIn Profile?   
    I recently asked this question on LinkedIn, “How would you rate your LinkedIn profile?” The choices were, poor, fair, good or very good. I wasn’t referring to completeness based on the LinkedIn scale. I wanted to know how you would rate your profile based on how good or compelling it is. Would a recruiter, HR […]
              Don’t Be Like Groucho Marx – Job Search Tactic #2   
    Groucho Marx once said “I don’t want to belong to any club that would accept me as a member.” Groucho must not have been conducting a job search when he made that comment. Joining Groups (like clubs) on LinkedIn is an excellent way to engage with people who hold a similar interest, make new contacts, […]
              Stop Being a LinkedIn Lurker: Job Search Tactic #3   
    Sounds like something you could be arrested for – maybe even a felony conviction. Seriously, if you want to take your job search to another level, you’ve got to engage in communicating and interacting on the primary social media forum for professionals, managers, and executives. Studies show that 90% or more of all users of […]
              How to Improve Your LinkedIn Profile: Job Search Tactic #1   
    Brad and I have talked endlessly about how much easier your job search is to found than to find a job. I recently wrote a post on this exact subject. We did a radio broadcast on how to improve your LinkedIn Profile. We posted our LinkedIn Self-Assessment Scorecard on our site a few months ago […]
              Increasing Your Resume Response Rate – Audio Recording   
    Most resumes and cover letters end up in the trash can. The vast majority of resumes and cover letters submitted for a job posting DO NOT give a hiring manager or recruiter the incentive to pick up the phone and conduct an interview. Most Resumes and Cover Letters fail to match-up with the listing of […]
              Is Your LinkedIn Profile Hurting Or Helping Your Job Search – Audio Recording   
    LinkedIn is without question one of the most powerful business networking tools available – and as an extension – one of the most useful tools for professionals, managers, and executives conducting a job search. Many candidates are not effectively leveraging the power of LinkedIn to build their brand, differentiate themselves from peers, extend the value […]
              How to Give Your Resume a Booster Shot   
    Your resume needs a booster shot. No longer is a simple 2 page resume enough to capture interest. It’s boring. It’s mundane. It’s ineffective at fully telling your story (especially if you missed the last dozen or so blog posts that Brad and I wrote about putting together a good resume and cover letter – […]
              Major Controversy – Why Bother Sending a Cover Letter?   
    There is a raging debate in many LinkedIn Professional and Networking Groups, on our own LinkedIn Job Search Discussion Group, hundreds of emails we’ve been sent, numerous blog comments, and an overwhelming number of tweets – all related to our last blog posting – “Pet Peeve – Your Resume and Cover Letter.” Obviously, a few […]
              Job Search Networking Using LinkedIn   
    Using social media in your job search can be the key to your success. Recruiters, HR and hiring managers are using social media sites like LinkedIn more and more every day.  As a job seeker you should be using LinkedIn daily. This program outlines 5 or 6 techniques you can use that don’t take a […]
              LinkedIn – Your Online Resume is Worthless   
    Not having an effective LinkedIn Profile for your job search is the same as having an ineffective resume that gets tossed into the trash can all the time. STOP letting your online resume (LinkedIn Profile) be thrown in the trash! LinkedIn provides an extraordinary online tool – your profile – a virtual resume and portfolio […]
              Social Media Is Good and Bad For Your Job Search   
    At a recent Vistage meeting of about 20 CEOs  we were discussing using social media as a way to find people. One of the CEOs indicated it is also a great way to eliminate people. I wasn’t overly surprised to learn that many hadn’t thought about social media for hiring, but I was surprised to […]
              How To Leverage Your Network And Get Others To Help You   
    Most everyone in the market is out doing all the networking they can. Sooner or later they will hear the saying, “Networking is about helping others.” or “Networking is giving before getting.” Both are true and critical to a successful networking process. But what exactly does this mean? How do you implement this concept? My […]
              Stop Your Job Search Until 2010 – Dumb Move   
    I get this all the time from candidates I’m working with in our job search coaching program. It usually starts with, “The holidays are  here and nobody is hiring during this period.” or “Why look now? I will wait until the new year. It is time for a break.” As succinctly as my mild manner […]
              Are You Responding To Job Descriptions Masquerading as Job Advertisements?   
    Over 90% of companies post their entire job description or some modified version of it as a job advertisement. Why? Is it because they don’t want to take the time to write a real advertisement? Is it because they’re taking the easy way out – posting something that was downloaded off the internet in 1999? […]
              #238 Grow Your Business With LinkedIn   
    Featuring John Nemo. On today's show, we'll explore how to use the most powerful website you don't understand – LinkedIn! Our special guest is John Nemo. Since 2012, John Nemo has helped hundreds of Business Coaches, Consultants, Trainers, Small Business Owners, Sales and Business Development Executives use LinkedIn to generate more business for themselves. Today he will help […]
              Time to Refresh at Humber   

    Humber's inaugural postgraduate Event Management students present Refresh: A Social Media Conference on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 from 1pm to 7pm at the Assembly Hall and Lakeshore Commons at Humber's Lakeshore campus. The conference will feature speakers from CBC, ING Direct, LinkedIn, The Huffington Post, TSN, Rogers Media and a panel of social media practitioners made up of Humber Business School alumni.

    The first ever Humber social media conference will expand postgraduate students’ knowledge and use of social media as they prepare for their careers.

              Wallpapers - Luglio 2010   

    Ecco la collezione di Wallpapers che ho utilizzato sul mio pc durante il mese di Luglio. Troverete una galleria a questo indirizzo:

    Per scaricare il fil ZIP contenente tutti i wallpapers andate a questo indirizzo (Dimensioni file: 56.85 MB):

    Buon download e buon abbellimento del vostro PC



              Il Clod ed il martello   


              Ecco l'artista ricoperta dalle spille da balia   

    Viso, braccia e petto ricoperti da centinaia di spille di sicurezza. Dietro a questo velo di acciaio si cela la bellissima artista Lucy McRae durante la sua esibizione "Rojo Nova work in progress" al Museo del suono e dell'immagine di San Paolo in Brasile. La performer non è nuova a trasformazioni di questo tipo. La mutazione e l'evoluzione del corpo umano attraverso la tecnologia e la genetica sono una costante della sua arte che usa la moda, il design e l'architettura per progettare nuove e migliori forme dell'involucro che ci racchiude. Una sola avvertenza, il corpo dell'artista durante questa performance è rimasto integro: le spille da balia sono solo incollate al corpo di Lucy.



              Bevono per sbaglio lavanda vaginale, boom di intossicate. Sotto accusa lo spot   

    Lo spot tv avrebbe tratto in inganno le consumatrici. E ora si pensa di cambiare il colore della confezione.

    MILANO – Bevono lavanda vaginale per errore, a volte finendo al pronto soccorso. I Centri antiveleni italiani, tra cui quelli di Milano-Niguarda e Pavia, hanno avuto 50 segnalazioni in un mese, tra dicembre e gennaio. E le due strutture hanno deciso di sollevare la questione all’Agenzia italiana del farmaco, che si è messa subito al lavoro. A destare l’allarme il Tantum rosa, diventato farmaco da banco dopo un passato da Sop, medicinale senza obbligo di ricetta per cui non si può fare pubblicità. Sdoganato il bando, il Tantum rosa diventa protagonista di uno spot «che sembra aver tratto in inganno le consumatrici. Se prima di dicembre – fanno notare dal centro pavese – rilevavamo 0,5 casi al mese per uso errato accidentale, dopo l’arrivo dello spot sul piccolo schermo e la classificazione del medicinale come farmaco da banco l’incidenza è salita a ben 16 casi in un mese solo nel nostro centro». L’azienda produttrice corre ai ripari e modifica lo spot, sottolineando a più riprese «l’uso esterno» del medicinale. I casi a questo punto diminuiscono, stando ai dati forniti dal centro di Pavia, ma mantenendo comunque una media più alta rispetto al passato: 9 in 20 giorni, tra il 9 gennaio e il 29 gennaio 2010, contro i 16 casi registrati in precedenza dal Cav pavese. Comunque ben al di sopra dell’incidenza pre-spot di 0,5 al mese.

    COLORE DELLA CONFEZIONE – Sulla questione la commissione di farmacovigilanza dell’Aifa ha presentato una relazione al Comitato tecnico-scientifico, che ha approvato il documento. La strada indicata consisterebbe nella modifica del colore della confezione del medicinale, che passerebbe da rosa a nera o blu, evitando così di confondere e indurre in errore le donne. Il timore è che alcune di loro acquistino e assumano il Tantum rosa confondendolo con altri farmaci da banco che hanno la confezione del medesimo colore e che vanno assunti oralmente. A quelle che hanno finito per berlo, come fosse uno sciroppo, la lavanda vaginale ha causato «qualche problema, ma conseguenze certo non drammatiche», precisa Marcello Ferruzzi, del Cav del Niguarda: sintomi gastroenterici e stordimento, ma anche vertigini, parestesie agli arti e allucinazioni. Il sospetto di alcuni addetti ai lavori è che il Tantum rosa venga usato in alcuni casi per “sballarsi”, magari associato all’alcol. La benzidamina avrebbe infatti anche un effetto euforizzante.



              Fa battesimo ma annega bimbo   

    Lo battezza ma non si accorge che in realtà lo sta uccidendo.
    E’ accaduto nel distretto di Rascani in Moldavia  dove un bambino di 6 settimane è morto per annegamento, 20 minuti dopo che il prete, Padre Valentino, ha concluso il sacramento. ”Lo abbiamo sentito piangere sotto l’acqua ma pensavamo che il sacerdote sapesse cosa stava facendo”, ha detto sbigottita la madrina del piccolo, Aliona Vacarciuc.

    I testimoni, che erano lì mentre aspettavano il proprio turno, hanno riferito alla polizia che il sacerdote “non ha coperto, con le mani, la bocca ed il naso del piccolo durante l’immersione in acqua, come invece ha fatto dopo con gli altri battezzati”. A venti minuti dal rito, infatti il bambino ha iniziato ad avere delle perdite di sangue proprio dal naso e dalla bocca. Ma, inutile, è stata la corsa in ospedale della famiglia.

    Il padre del piccolo, Dumitru Gaidau, ha detto: “Secondo i medici il bambino è stato ucciso per annegamento. Ancora non riesco a credere che mio figlio sia morto, io e tutti i miei familiari abbiamo chiesto delle spiegazioni da parte di Padre Valentino, ma – ha proseguito il genitore, disperato – subito dopo la cerimonia lui ci ha risposto che sapeva meglio di noi cosa stava facendo, non era il suo primo battesimo”,

    La polizia moldava ha aperto un’inchiesta sul fatto. Se il sacerdote dovesse risultare colpevole dovrà scontare almeno 3 anni di carcere per omicidio colposo. Da parte sua, l’accusato nega qualsiasi tipo di responsabilità personale sull’accaduto.



              Una notizia "scontata"   

    A quanto pare anche le grandi menti del mondo globale ci sono arrivate! Il solare costa, e costerà, meno del nucleare. Il Corriere della Sera titola: "Il solare costa meno del nucleare - Il sorpasso al prezzo di 0,16 dollari a chilowattora. L'energia atomica costerà sempre di più ", una grande novità novità... leggerlo su un quotidiano! Ma questo è dovuto dal fatto che, un giornale (forse) più autorevole, ha pubblicato un articolo  in cui mostra come i costi per la produzione di energia derivata dal nucleare sia in forte crescita mentre i costi per la produzione di energia derivati dal fotovoltaico siano in discesa.

    Sembra quasi un miracolo anche se in Italia il nucleare è ancora visto, da molti, come una valida soluzione per la produzione di enrgia elettrica a discapito delle fonti rinnovabili che, a mio avviso, hanno passato la fase embrionale e si stanno dirigendo a grandi passi verso la maturazione definitiva.


              Il modo più assurdo di festeggiare un goal   

    Balletti, capriole e pollici succhiati in onore dei propri figli ormai sono superati dalla geniale fantasia dei giocatori della squadra islandese dello Stjarnan. Dopo il gol, l'attaccante mima il mulinello della canna da pesca e il compagno si contorce per terra come fosse un salmone fuori dall'acqua. Con tanto di foto di gruppo da trofeo di pesca.



              Cade dal sedicesimo piano e si rompe solo un polso e una costola   

    SYDNEY -
    Ha fatto un volo dal sedicesimo piano rimanendo solo ferito in modo lievo. E’ accaduto a un ragazzo di 15 anni in Nuova Zelanda volato giù dal balcone dell’appartamento di famiglia al 16mo piano, finendo su un pavimento di cemento. A quanto riferisce oggi il New Zealand Herald, il ragazzo stava giocando sul balcone a 50 metri d’altezza, quando è caduto attraverso il tetto metallico di un garage, rivestito all’interno di spugna termoisolante, che ha attutito la caduta.

    L’adolescente è ricoverato in condizioni stabili in un ospedale di Auckland, con fratture ad un polso e a una costola, una ferita a una gamba e lesioni interne. I medici hanno espresso stupore per le sue condizioni, considerando che pochi sopravvivono a una caduta da più di cinque piani. «Dio doveva essere con lui. Aveva un angelo custode che lo proteggeva, questo è certo», ha detto al giornale l’addetta alle pulizie del palazzo, Kaa Wehi, che ha assistito alla caduta.




              Lo sciacquone genera energia elettrica   

    Il sistema HyDro-Power usa anche l'acqua della doccia e del lavandino. Nei condomini promette grandi risparmi.

    MILANO - Come trasformare acque che andrebbero perse negli scarichi e nelle fogne in energia elettrica gratuita, per illuminare casa e accendere gli elettrodomestici? Uno studente inglese di design industriale ha inventato un sistema che trasforma le acque reflue di casa (che scendono da doccia, lavandini, e dallo sciacquone del wc) in watt. Non un affare da poco, visto che metà del mondo utilizza la toilette e in media lascia scivolare nelle tubature, dopo aver tirato la catena, 7 mila litri di acqua all’anno. HyDro-Power, questo il nome del progetto, è un generatore di corrente dedicato ai condomini. Collegato alle tubature degli scarichi, si occupa di trasformare e creare potenza. Promettendo costi e soprattutto risparmi interessanti.

    IL SISTEMA - L’apparecchio funziona così: l’acqua che scende dalle tubature del palazzo viene raccolta e incanalata nella macchina, che con quattro turbine permette subito di azionare un generatore elettrico e ridistribuire l’energia creata o nel palazzo stesso, magari per azionare l’ascensore, o le luci delle scale, o gli impianti di condizionamento condominiali, oppure può essere rivenduta all’operatore elettrico nazionale, come avviene sempre più con gli impianti fotovoltaici. È stato calcolato che, se applicato a un palazzo di sette piani, potrebbe portare a un risparmio medio annuo di circa 1.500 dollari (circa 1.160 euro).

    CONCEPT - Per ora Hydro-Power è solo un concept in attesa di trovare un’azienda che voglia produrlo in larga scala. L’idea è di uno studente inglese, Tom Broadbent, iscritto al corso di design industriale dell’università De Montfort nel Leicester, che ha candidamente dichiarato come l’idea gli sia venuta mentre, in hotel, osservava come l’acqua scorreva velocemente nel gabinetto dopo aver tirato la catena.



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              Before her 'fond, final, infamous decay'    

    Moderately well known during her lifetime, Sylvia Plath became an international bestseller and a cult figure in the vibrant new women's movement following the posthumous publication of her "Ariel" poems in 1965. Black, icy, enigmatic, pared to the bone, charged with savage emotion, "Ariel" defied all the stereotypes of "women's" poetry.

    Plath wrote those poems in a bout of creativity during the cold winter of 1962-63. She had come to London with her two small children, after her husband, the poet Ted Hughes, had left her and moved in with another woman. Plath wrote to her mother that the poems were the best things she had ever written, and she accurately predicted that they would make her name.

    But on Feb. 11, the 30-year old Plath sealed up the kitchen in her flat, put her head in the oven, and turned on the gas. In the poem "Lady Lazarus," Plath famously wrote: "Dying/ is an art, like everything else./ I do it exceptionally well."

    From the first, it has proved hard to separate Plath's achievement as a poet from her tragic fate as a woman. Did Plath die because she suffered from a mental illness or did her husband's betrayal force an impossible choice upon her - either to be a great writer or a good mother?

    In 1981, "Sylvia Plath: The Collected Poems" appeared, edited by Hughes. The long-awaited volume reprinted the poems Plath had published in her teens and 20s in The Christian Science Monitor, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper's Magazine, and The New Yorker. It also included for the first time some late poems that Plath herself had planned to include in "Ariel" but that Hughes had chosen to omit.

    Hughes's high praise for Plath as one of the great poets of the 20th century was amply confirmed when "The Collected Poems" won a Pulitzer.

    When selections from Plath's journals were first published in 1982, the book was greeted by rapturous reviews and howls of protest from Plath specialists.

    The journals dated from 1950, when Plath was about to enter Smith College, to May 1962, when she gave birth to her second child. The editor was Frances McCullough, but it was Hughes's foreword that set the cat among critical pigeons. Hughes presented the journals as a kind of literary dross out of which his wife had made the gold of "Ariel."

    Hughes said his only reason for publishing his dead wife's journals was to advance readers' appreciation of her achievement as a poet. But in his final paragraph, he noted that whereas there had been two volumes that covered precisely the last months during which she wrote the "Ariel" poems, he had deliberately destroyed one of these, not wishing his children to read it, and the other "disappeared." "In those days I regarded forgetfulness as an essential part of survival," wrote Hughes.

    In the 1980s and early 1990s, Hughes, along with his sister, Olwyn Hughes, who directed the Plath estate, were vilified, especially in American feminist circles. It was considered an outrage that the man who had betrayed, deserted, and driven Sylvia Plath to suicide, should be free to edit her work, destroy crucial documents, deny permission to quote to critics whose views he disliked, and all the while reap the huge profits accruing to Plath's work.

    In 1998, Hughes published "Birthday Letters," a poetic recounting, of his first marriage and a dialogue with the dead Sylvia. The book again became a major literary event and sold in remarkably large numbers for a slim volume of poetry. Hughes's message, if one can speak so simply of a powerful and complex work, was that Sylvia had been the love of his life, his soul's companion, his body's delight, but she was also mad, and he had left her to save himself. Within about a year of the publication of "Birthday Letters," Hughes was dead.

    The highly charged controversy that has swirled around Plath from the time of her death forms an important background for this new unabridged edition of her journals, scrupulously edited by Karen Kukil, the associate curator of rare books at Smith College.

    This volume is an honorable and honest attempt to move beyond polemic, drama, and emotion, and provide the basic material upon which Plath's literary achievement can be judged. The text of the manuscripts has been respected as far as possible, sections omitted for various reasons from the 1982 edition have been included, and a large amount of supportive documentary material has been added, together with some helpful endnotes.

    This edition includes two journals written between August 1957 and November 1959 that Hughes ordered to be unsealed in 1997 shortly before his death. The other journal from the "Ariel" months has still not reappeared and will no doubt cause a sensation if and when it does.

    Plath used her journal not just to record and reflect on events in her life, but as a way to hone her craft as a writer and build up a store of material for published work. Especially in the early sections, Plath's precocious literary talent blazes off the page, and she perfects that brilliant mixture of lyrical description, mordant social commentary, and absorbed self-analysis that we find in "The Bell Jar."

    No one has put Sylvia Plath down on paper better than she did herself, and the journals in this fine new edition are a good introduction to this difficult, complex, important poet.

    Gillian Gill is the author of 'Mary Baker Eddy' (Perseus).

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              《金煜良言》第3期:微博创业三大先机 亚平台也有可能   











      王煜全:应该是有的,从我们的角度看,微博创业机会是巨大的。当然有些人说,往往是没成先驱成了先烈。但是 从成功率角度上讲,一开始失败的可能性高,但是一开始做大的可能性也高。只不过有个过程,我们对微博有一个认识加深的过程。一开始,我们现在看到的所谓的 微博创业,更多是没有技术含量的微博营销,发个帖子,动用水军,原来在天涯的互联网营销专家跑到了微博上。



      王煜全:一样的。只不过微博上的人气更足一点,我们认为这是不能长久的。微博营销1.0是不能长久的。什么 是2.0,我们的理解是,微博确实是非常好的帮助商家来稳定自己的用户、促销自己产品的好的平台。但这里面第一要确实是商家和用户的关系,而不是商家与根 本不是其用户的其他关系,那个是叫骚扰。

      第二,中间关系的维系有很多是可以通过技术层面来实现的,比如新浪已经可以提供LBS服务了,很快LBS独立的API会开放给第三方,允许第三 方调用,这就是说,未来帮助商家做微博营销的时候,商家的用户捕捉到了,进入到多少范围之内,商家才可以发一个信息给他,你到我们这儿来,我们提供折扣。 我们把未来技术含量更高的,而且是针对商家提供更优质服务的,包括整合了更多技术能力的东西,叫做微博营销2.0。


      王煜全:是的。昨天我跟新浪的芦义聊天的时候,他提到了一个很时髦新的名词Social CRM,并认为它可以是未来的发展方向。我非常认同,我觉得新浪里面有不少人在非常认真地研究微博相关的创业机会。其实这也给了创业者一个启示,你要想在 微博上创业,不下工夫研究,只是做点传统的事是不靠谱的。比如无线互联创业就是把互联网的应用搬过去,最后发现多数不成立。现在微博创业又把互联网应用搬 过来,还是不成立。只有充分研究微博的特性,再用技术手段,使得这个特性能够为你的创业应用所利用,使这个应用大家更好,才是有前途的。




      王煜全:我们理解是基于微博创业第二波大的机会,第一波刚才讲了微博营销2.0,第二波深入发掘社交关系, 有很多创业的机会。从人的本质性讲,我们都是社会性动物,往往了解一个人,问他自己,不如去问他的朋友们,你对他的朋友们都熟悉了,物以类聚,人以群分, 你对人的熟悉程度会大大增加。

      从商家角度讲,如果我知道你存在的群体,群体的特性,我给你提供的服务,提供的产品的针对性就会大大增强。不管从给个人提供服务角度讲,还是个 人得到服务角度上讲,Social对社会网络的利用,国外一门新兴的科学叫Social Network Analysis——社会网络分析,都是有巨大的价值的,这种社会网络分析会使原来在技术上做不到的事今天能做到了。如果一个人的行为不是那么普及的话, 你对他的判断很难精准,我通过对他朋友的分析,这种时候,我们的分析会更加的精准。每个人都有朋友,而且会不少。


      金错刀:好多人说,在中国非常讲究关系的,关系可以引爆非常非常大的能量。微博很有意思,好多人也在聊,过 去我们维持关系靠工作,靠聊天这样的方式。现在用微博之后,会发现内容会成为维护关系很好的媒介。过去我们的关系还是1.0的,关系有用或者有事就会引 爆,现在有了微博之后,内容本身就是关系不断引爆的一个点。你觉得,能像内容一样,不断引爆关系的新的应用是不是会慢慢成为比较大的微博淘金的可能?


      他有一个很独特的现象,他生活习惯非常好——早起,早上5点多就开始发帖,而且多数不是内容创作,而是他把他看到的昨天一些好的帖子转发出来, 每个人只要你是他的粉丝,每天会发现有20条微博等着你读,相当于当初鲁豫搞的每天早新闻,这样你就会感觉和他的距离一下子拉近了,这就是社会化的作用。 他不光是播新闻,不是电视上看到的鲁豫播新闻,是播音员,而是在微博上,这是我的朋友,把他认为特别好的东西转发给我,这样更贴心。包括更强的互动,原来 开心网流行的抢车位、农场、种庄稼,互相偷菜,这些都是基于关系的,如果这个人是不认识的人,偷他的菜是没有感觉的。


      王煜全:这中间创新的空间非常大,我中午和另外的朋友讨论的时候,讲到这种创新的可能性。新浪微博有一个先 天的缺陷,他的信息存留时间非常短。这个信息到你那儿来,如果你当时不在微博屏幕附近的话,后面的帖子迅速涨起来,十多分钟以后这个帖子就会被顶掉,再看 到的可能性就很小了。微博使得我们获取的信息量大大增加,每个人获得信息碎片度也大大增加了,而这种碎片的消除是非常重要的,因为每个人都不希望有这种碎 片存在。当然有一个办法就是现在薛蛮子先生做的,薛先生实际上成了一个杂志编辑,他把他找到的信息收集起来,而且他发的时间比较早,至少在早晨的时间,没 有别的信息碎片插进去影响他的东西,所以就变成早上这段时间的二三十条信息是完整的信息,是薛先生做的个人杂志,就是薛蛮子评论。






       王煜全:太对了。我们必须要去研究不完美,然后找到使它变成完美的途径,这才是真正创业者应该干的事,而不是简 单重复。我们上一集讲微博创新的禁区的时候,落了一点,新浪不会完全封杀互相复制,但是这是对整个产业不利的,你做一个我做一个,互相复制,互相抄袭,都 是低水平重复,这其实是创业一大忌讳。从每个创业者角度来讲,如果有 




      比如说咱俩玩一个游戏,下个围棋,左边微博聊天继续之外,右边就是围棋棋盘,而且玩游戏可以发一个通知,我们下棋了,其他的人都可以点进去围 观,他也出现了棋盘,可以在游戏棋局下面发言。对外界不干扰,当旁观者的那些人看不到这些留言,甚至看不到棋局,愿意当旁观者,就变成我们俩的微博直播。 这里面的机会是无穷的,束缚我们的关键不是技术,你讲的曹国伟的话是非常精辟的,在技术上讲,新浪就是解决了SoMoLo三方面的问题,在这三方面都提供 了技术支持,现在唯一束缚我们的就是想象力。



      王煜全:坦白说,我觉得这个不算是挑战,为什么这么说呢?因为当你能够提供一个让真正有价值的客户感到满意 的服务的时候,往往收入是伴随而来的。是很容易产生的,假使说这个客户不愿意付钱,但是很多人愿意搭车向客户卖东西,你就能接触一群有价值的客户,而且对 有价值客户的有黏性的界面,而这个界面的价值是巨大的。举例来讲,GOOGLE搜索,他没有向用户收钱,但是他是几乎所有用户的搜索的界面,而且几乎所有 的用户上网都有搜索的需求,这种时候商家就想通过它来向用户推荐,由于你对用户把握很深,能够做到个性化让用户推荐商家的商业信息。商业的原则如果你推荐 针对性不够的时候叫骚扰,如果你推荐的针对性很强,完全针对有这个需求的人,商业信息就变成了有价值的信息。正好人家找的信息你提供过去了。我想买车你正 好提供了车的消息,这个不是骚扰,而且是有价值的信息。

      我们的概念是,只要能够做到你的服务能黏住有价值的用户,你就变成了和他沟通的重要渠道。你的渠道价值必然凸显。相当于我们当初做移动梦网合作 规划的时候,也是新浪的老领导提的思路,比如说,新浪我也可以卖TOM的产品,也可以卖空中网的产品,我能够接触到用户,体现的不是产品价值,而是渠道价 值,移动在SP政策以外,出了另外一个MDO的政策,叫DO模式,渠道虽然不生产任何产品,但是可以帮你卖产品,所以他要参与分成,而且渠道的分成相当 高,占40~50%。越是商业社会,物产越丰富的时候,谁能把这个产品真正卖到用户那儿,它就有价值。这种时候,永远不要担心自己的服务没有商业模式,但 是你要担心的是自己的服务对有价值的人缺乏黏性。






      第二,任何企业做大了有一定垄断性之后,必然产生垄断行为,我已经把Facebook这块地盘圈住了。又没有什么竞争对手,这种时候干嘛深入研 究,在里面还能淘什么金,赚什么钱,还能让用户更满意,这样他的动力会消退,当前状态下赚钱很舒服,所以垄断者在竞争上必定会落后,因为动力没了。



      王煜全:对。第三,从社会网络结构上讲,这种模式是最优的,为什么这么说呢,我们看看我们的社交关系就可以 理解了。我们的关系储存在哪儿,原来是小本上,现在是手机上。但是有个问题,我们的关系有没有分类,我们的手机里面是不是存了4个地址薄,一个是工作的, 一个是生活娱乐,一个是业余兴趣爱好,一个是亲戚好友。甚至一个地址薄里面本来有分组功能。

      我问了很多人,绝大多数没有做分组。我们的社会关系是怎么管理的呢,我们有广泛的社会关系,每个人都在社会网络里,我们给每个人用脑子打了一个 标签,比如说金错刀是我工作的合作伙伴,也是我娱乐的好朋友,另外一个人,是我的什么,标签打定了以后,下次我要娱乐的时候就会想起来金错刀是其中的一个 人选。



      王煜全:社交关系要开发需要一定的技术。在没有技术的情况下,过去有一个很著名的人类学家邓巴,研究了一个 邓巴数,如果我们用大脑去管理,人类的大脑已经是所有动物种群里面最大的了。人类进化的动力,我们的大脑为什么比别人大,因为我们的社会比别人复杂,社会 性是人和动物区别的主要原因。我要处理那么多的社会关系,这个大脑不大是处理不了的。但是也到头了,每个人能维系的关系群落是150人,多了掌握不了。但 是现在从Facebook上的调查来看,平均每个人好友数是300以上,因为我用工具管理了,用软件管理,没有用脑子记住。我用软件记住了。








      一个人要获取信息的需求,所以有了Social Media,有了新浪微博;另外人还有和朋友维系关系的需求,所以有了Facebook,它的核心是互动;人还有和好朋友一起玩的需求,现实生活中组织朋 友聚会要花很大功夫,但是你有了Second Life这样的游戏平台之后,这些问题也就得到了解决,理论上就有了Social Gmae的平台。包括Facebook里面也是有游戏功能的。针对商务社交需求,我们可以使用LinkedIn,但是和维系好友的职能还是不一样。还有购 物的需求,我最想听取是好朋友的意见,因为我信任他,别人说我认为是商家的托,但是我的朋友说我不认为是托,所以我们还有社会商务(Social Commerce)的需求。你会发现,这些东西从哪儿来的?都是从现实来的。




      王煜全:我非常确定,而且我认为不止一家。也许有些人会说我是胡说,微博是被新浪控制,哪天新浪不给你合 作,你就死了,中移动也没有把腾讯关掉。新浪做的是OpenID计划,希望能逐渐把新浪ID做成一个通用的ID,相当于给每个人起个名字,通用ID会超越 新浪,人人都用通用ID的时候,通用ID就不是新浪的资产了。




      王煜全:其实会更少。冲突多要发生冲突的双方足够大。火星撞地球才有冲突。国外的Social Network平台一个不比一个小,但是在中国我们能看到的真正够级别的不过两家而已,再加上另外一家具有不够开放的天然特性,这样我们能寄予厚望的就剩 下新浪微博一家,这反倒误打误撞地变成在中国做SocialNetwork有可能更加符合人性的本质需求,就是希望一个统一的开放的OpenID社会关系 平台,在上面架构若干个社会化服务的专业平台。



      王煜全:两句话,一句话很难。首先第一句话,新浪微博一定行,因为新浪微博已经体现出了更加美好的社会秩 序。比如说新浪微博里面有一个很著名的营销专家杜子健曾经说过,新浪微博上的原则恃弱凌强,强者被人扁,因此要战战兢兢,弱者好很多,很多人愿意帮,这是 社会公平的一个基本原则。新浪是公平平台,是有这个基础,这是一半。

      另一半,对创业者而言,一定要想清楚一个事,如果你没有疑问,说明这个潮流已经过去了。异类那本书讲的,为什么史蒂夫?乔布斯和比尔?盖茨全都 是1955年生的,因为大潮来的时候,他们没有观望,勇敢跳入了这个大潮当中,如果比尔?盖茨说这个电脑没人用,我看两年等这个大潮起来再说,我相信就没 有微软了。




      这也就是说,任何一个时代,你除了把握潮流以外,还需要在这个潮流上成功所需要的技能。以前的技能是IT技能,我能编程序,别人编不了,都知道 做一个打麻将的游戏别人都会玩,你做不出来,我做出来就成功了。但是现在IT门槛越来越低,人人都能编,编程序这种技能不再是门槛。什么是在新浪微博上成 功的门槛,我认为是社会学和心理学。


      王煜全:而且不要从自己的角度想象。我认为我喜欢,别人就喜欢,对不起,你有没有典型性和代表性,你能不能 领导潮流。当然还有另外偏技术一点的东西,完全靠对用户的理解是不够的,我能理解的是个人。社会群体被放上网了以后会带来一个特点,社会网络分析这门科学 的突飞猛进,很多时候,我们想粗略地了解一个人,问问他的朋友就可以了,但是我想精确了解一个人不是问他的朋友,而是对他的朋友做分析,这是一门专门的学 问,它在中国有巨大的潜力,在中国研究的人非常少,这是我们需要掌握的。这也是创业的门槛,能不能静下心来把学问搞透。就像Google之前有了搜集,为 什么他做了之后把以前的都搜索干掉,并不是编程先进,而是把搜索模式改了,它这个搜索是斯坦福两个专门研究搜索的博士做出来的,他用的原理也是社会学。


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              Press Release: New Industry Alliance to Accelerate Effectiveness of Marketing to Hispanics   
    Focus on Improving Measurement of Hispanic-Focused Marketing Campaigns to Better Serve the Burgeoning Hispanic Community CHICAGO – April 16, 2014 – A consortium of six companies announced today a cross-industry study to drive thought leadership in marketing to Hispanics. The consortium members include IRI, Latinum Network, Univision, Telemundo Media, UM, and Rentrak (NASDAQ: RENT). The consortium will enable marketers to maximize the multi-platform impact of advertising to Hispanics by developing best practices around strategy and performance measurement. The consortium’s mandate is to help marketers, advertisers and retailers develop effective marketing strategies to best serve Hispanic consumers. U.S. Hispanic consumers are a powerful and growing economic force with a buying power in excess of $1 trillion, driven by a population 56 million strong that is expected to grow to 131 million people by 2050. Despite the tremendous potential of this market, less than 5 percent of current media is devoted to advertising, representing a spending gap of approximately $22 billion. The consortium aims to promote Hispanic advertising, while creating learnings that will inform Hispanic marketing strategy for years to come. The consortium is unique in its breadth and scale in understanding the impact of marketing activities geared toward Hispanics and has two primary goals: To develop a scorecard of brands’ performance and traction with Hispanic consumers relative to their peers and industry To enable members to maximize the impact of advertising targeting Hispanics by building Hispanic brand strategies and a “total market” approach that balances general market and multicultural investments Highlights of the Hispanic Marketer’s Playbook will include: Efficient Hispanic reach generation strategies Hispanic engagement and impact through social and mobile media Synergy and halo of Hispanic media with promotional levers Impact of dubbed and translated commercials versus original Spanish language creative effects Show integration strategies and effectiveness Creating Hispanic research and metrics frameworks for success The study will leverage IRI’s proven Hispanic Mix Drivers platform—a powerful marketing-mix modeling platform that incorporates robust statistical techniques in modeling Hispanic sales trends and quantifying Hispanic marketing lifts. The modeling rigor is balanced with heuristics derived from a massive industry benchmarks database collected from a multitude of consumer behavior studies conducted over a 10-year period. The modeling engine is further enriched by cross-media audience data through the consortium alliance and IRI’s network of resources. Understanding that branded entertainment is an important lever in Hispanic media strategy, the consortium will also leverage Rentrak's iTVX® branded entertainment measurement service that provides users the precise value of a brand's appearance in media content, by combining second-by-second viewing insights, brand exposure analytics, social media listening and consumer behavior intelligence. The study will enroll participants in April and through June 2014. Participants will receive results on their brands in August 2014 through in-depth review sessions. Macro insights distilled from across all participating brands as well as the Hispanic Marketing Playbook will be unveiled at a capstone industry event targeted for the fall of 2014. About IRI IRI is a leader in delivering powerful market and shopper information, predictive analysis and the foresight that leads to action. Wego beyond the data to ignite extraordinary growth for our clients in the CPG, retail and over-the-counter healthcare industries by pinpointing what matters and illuminating how it can impact their businesses across sales and marketing. Move your business forward at IRI Contacts: John McIndoe Email: Phone: +1 312.474.3862 Shelley Hughes Email: Phone: +1 312. 474.3675 About Latinum Network Latinum Network is a member-based advisory company comprised of global brands that supports their success in the multicultural economy. The company's mission is to enhance its members' ability to drive profitable growth from multicultural audiences via actionable insights, business analytics, proven strategies and consumer access. Founded in 2009, Latinum Network serves nearly 100 member brands driving measurable ROI in the growing multicultural demographic segment. Proprietary solutions include i.) Voz Latinum, a bilingual online community of over 5,000 US Hispanics used to support both network-wide and custom client research, ii.) Veo, a new consumer mobile platform that allows direct, two-way engagement between brands and consumers and iii.) Latinum’s Digital Platform that provides our clients with proprietary syndicated research, actionable category-level insights, online tools, and best practices. Latinum Network Contact: Sandra Correa Sparkpr for Veo/Latinum Network Email: Phone: +1 646.291.6080 About Univision Communications Inc. Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) is the leading media company serving Hispanic America. The Company, a leading content creator in the U.S., includes Univision Network, one of the top five networks in the U.S. regardless of language and the most-watched Spanish-language broadcast television network in the country reaching approximately 96% of U.S. Hispanic television households; UniMás, a leading Spanish-language broadcast television network reaching approximately 89% of U.S. Hispanic television households; Univision Cable Networks, including Galavisión, the country’s leading Spanish-language cable network, as well as Univision tlnovelas, a 24-hour cable network dedicated to novelas, Univision Deportes Network, a 24-hour cable network dedicated to sports, ForoTV, a 24-hour Spanish-language cable network dedicated to news, and an additional suite of six cable offerings - De Película, De Película Clásico, Bandamax, Ritmoson and Telehit; Univision Television Group, which owns and/or operates 62 television stations in major U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; Univision Radio, the leading Hispanic radio group which owns and/or operates 68 radio stations in 16 of the top 25 U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico, as well as Uforia, the leading Hispanic digital music service; UVideos, the first bilingual digital video network serving Hispanic America; an Interactive network of online and mobile apps and products including, which continues to be the No. 1 most-visited Spanish-language website among U.S. online Hispanics, and Univision Partner Group, a specialized advertising and publisher network. UCI’s assets also include a minority stake in El Rey Network, a new 24-hour English-language network founded by maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, and a joint venture with Disney/ABC Television Network for Fusion, a news, pop culture and satire TV and digital network. Headquartered in New York City, UCI has television network operations in Miami and television and radio stations and sales offices in major cities throughout the United States. For more information, please visit Univision Contact: Rosemary Mercedes Email: Phone: +1 212.455.5335 About Telemundo Media Telemundo Media, a division of NBCUniversal, is a world-class media company, leading the industry in the production and distribution of high-quality Spanish-language content across its multiplatform portfolio to U.S. Hispanics and audiences around the world. Telemundo’s multiple platforms include the Telemundo Network, a Spanish-language television network featuring original productions, theatrical motion pictures, news and first-class sports events, reaching U.S. Hispanic viewers in 210 markets through its 16 owned stations, broadcast and MVPD affiliates; mun2, the preeminent voice for young Hispanics in the U.S. reaching TV households nationwide on digital and analog cable, and satellite; Telemundo Digital Media, which distributes Telemundo’s original content across digital and emerging platforms including mobile devices, and; an owned and operated full power station in Puerto Rico that reaches 99% of all TV households in that DMA; and Telemundo Internacional, the international distribution arm which has positioned Telemundo as the second largest provider of Spanish-language content worldwide by syndicating content to more than 100 countries in over 35 languages. For more information, please visit us at and Please check out our videos on and follow us on and Telemundo Media Contact: Michelle Alban Vice President, Corporate Communications Email: Phone: + 1 305.889.7585 About UM UM ( is a global media agency that fuses curiosity and creativity to unlock competitive advantage for brands through media. Our philosophy of curiosity is driven by the power of story-telling fueled by intelligence, insights and ideas. A division of IPG Mediabrands, UM has more than 130 offices in 100 countries and over 4,800 employees committed to developing creative, strategic and customized campaigns for every client. Ranked as the most creative media agency by AdNews in 2012, UM also was recognized for leadership in advanced analytics by Media Magazine. UM’s list of clients includes Brown-Forman, Chrysler, Coca-Cola, ExxonMobil, Hershey’s, Johnson & Johnson, L’Oreal Paris, MasterCard, Microsoft and Sony. In 2012, UM’s new business global wins and retention received a grade A from RECMA. UM Contact: Lou Marino Email: Phone: + 1 646.376.1754 About Rentrak Rentrak (NASDAQ: RENT) is the entertainment and marketing industries' premier provider of worldwide consumer viewership information, precisely measuring actual viewing behavior of movies and TV everywhere. Using our proprietary intelligence and technology, combined with Advanced Demographics, only Rentrak is the census currency for VOD and movies. Rentrak provides the stable and robust audience measurement services that movie, television and advertising professionals across the globe have come to rely on to better deliver their business goals and more precisely target advertising across numerous platforms including box office, multiscreen television and home video. For more information on Rentrak, please visit Rentrak Contact: Antoine Ibrahim Email: Phone: +1 646.722.1561
              Press Release: Large Companies Claw Back Some Momentum in 2013’s Slower-Growth U.S. Consumer-Packaged-Goods Market   
    Study by The Boston Consulting Group and Information Resources, Inc., Finds That Top-Performing Companies, Especially Large Ones, Are Refocusing on Their Base Business and Driving Volume Gains to Propel Sales Growth CHICAGO, March 11, 2014—While large companies continue to cede market share to small companies in the U.S. consumer-packaged-goods (CPG) industry, the pace of that share loss has slowed over the past year, thanks in large part to big players’ renewed focus on driving volume growth instead of raising prices, according to new research by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and Information Resources, Inc. (IRI). For the second year in a row, BCG and IRI examined more than 400 CPG companies with annual U.S. retail sales greater than $100 million, then ranked them on the basis of their growth performance using a combination of three metrics: dollar sales growth, volume sales growth, and market share gains. The study, which also analyzed trends driving performance in the sector, remains unique because it includes both public and private CPG companies and focuses on what consumers actually bought in measured channels as opposed to what factories shipped. Because manufacturers of different sizes face disparate challenges and opportunities, BCG and IRI generated three top-ten lists of the best-performing companies: small ($100 million to $1 billion in IRI-measured retail sales), midsize ($1 billion to $5 billion), and large (more than $5 billion). Making the list signifies that a company has performed at the top of its class over the past year and has growth momentum in the marketplace. The top three large companies showing strong growth momentum are The Hershey Company, Lorillard, and Mondelēz International. Among midsize companies, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. and Chobani continue to hold the number one and number two spots, as they did last year, followed by McKee Foods at number three. Leading the small-company top performers are Kind, Paris Presents, and Talking-Rain. “The 2013 rankings show the importance of maintaining a focus on the base business,” said Dan Wald, a Chicago-based partner at BCG. “The winners innovated, but they innovated to complement their base business, not replace it.” Small Companies Expand Share Despite Slower Industry Growth The U.S. CPG market expanded by just 1.5 percent in 2013, down from the 2.8 percent growth rate in 2012. A key reason: companies were more restrained than in the past when it came to raising prices. That headwind, however, did not slow the small and extra-small (less than $100 million in sales) players, which collectively grew 4.3 percent in 2013. Large companies lost 0.5 percentage points in market share in 2013, mostly captured by extra-small companies. In total, since 2009, large players have ceded 2.3 share points to midsize, small, and extra-small companies, representing $14 billion in lost sales. The inroads by small and extra-small companies in particular have come in part through reduced barriers to entry, including the emergence of digital media, which lowers advertising costs, and the rise of online and specialty retailers, which offers new selling opportunities for small and extra-small players. Despite a decline in their overall share, large companies collectively performed better in 2013 than in 2012. This is especially true for the five top-ranked large companies, which broke away from the pack in 2013 and recaptured market share. Improvements were largely driven by a renewed focus on delivering volume growth instead of raising prices to achieve short-term gains in dollar sales. “It is important to note that the large-company winners are using multiple tactics to drive volume growth, such as garnering more shelf space with the right assortment and revenue management,” said Dr. Krishnakumar (KK) Davey, managing director at IRI Consulting. “However, small players are clearly discovering new pockets of growth within mature categories, so it’s imperative for all companies to spot trends quickly and capitalize on them.” Winners Deploy Similar Tactics Regardless of size, the strategies of winning companies share some striking similarities: Of the top 30 companies across all size categories, 28 generated growth from their base business. This marks a departure from 2012, when a number of top-ranked companies saw weak growth—or even deterioration—in their base. High-performing companies have successfully created offerings that are focused on specific, unmet consumer needs and that often serve as a replacement to undifferentiated products found in large, established categories. Winners tend to use pricing to enhance volume growth, while laggards tend to use it as a short-term tactic for driving dollar value growth in the face of declining volumes. This is particularly pronounced among large companies, where the top ten performers garnered just 0.6 percentage points in growth from pricing, while the rest of the large-company universe generated 1.3 percentage points of growth from price increases in an effort to offset even larger base-volume declines. To request a copy of the research summary, “Growth Leaders in U.S. Consumer Packaged Goods and What’s Driving Their Success,” or to arrange an interview with one of the authors, please contact Madeleine Desmond at +1 212 446 2856 or or John McIndoe at +1 312 474 3862 or About IRI IRI is a leader in delivering powerful market and shopper information, predictive analysis and the foresight that leads to action. We go beyond the data to ignite extraordinary growth for our clients in the CPG, retail and over-the-counter healthcare industries by pinpointing what matters and illuminating how it can impact their businesses across sales and marketing. Move your business forward at About The Boston Consulting Group The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) is a global management consulting firm and the world’s leading advisor on business strategy. We partner with clients from the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors in all regions to identify their highest-value opportunities, address their most critical challenges, and transform their enterprises. Our customized approach combines deep insight into the dynamics of companies and markets with close collaboration at all levels of the client organization. This ensures that our clients achieve sustainable competitive advantage, build more capable organizations, and secure lasting results. Founded in 1963, BCG is a private company with 81 offices in 45 countries. For more information, please visit About features the latest thinking from BCG experts as well as from CEOs, academics, and other leaders. It covers issues at the top of senior management’s agenda. It also provides unprecedented access to BCG’s extensive archive of thought leadership stretching back 50 years to the days of Bruce Henderson, the firm’s founder and one of the architects of modern management consulting. 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    Afshin Alikhani has been in the Microsoft Dynamics channel as long as the channel has existed. He is delighted with Microsoft's product direction, but less so with its direction for the channel, and recently wrote the provocatively-entitled article How the Software as a Service (SaaS) Mo...(read more)
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               Senior Coordinator, Social Media - USA Football (Indianapolis, IN)    
       Summary: USA Football is looking for a creative social media expert who will execute storytelling with social text, photos and video to drive engagement and content consumption. The ideal candidate is aggressive, nimble and must possess excellent editing, writing and influencing skills.  Demonstrated success in managing and building social media communities, managing social media strategies that drive engagement, and maintaining an organization's presence in all relevant social media channels required.Duties and Responsibilities:Develop and execute social media strategy for USA Football properties that fit with the overall digital and content marketing strategy to increase traffic and engagement while building brand equity, loyalty and awareness.Plan, organize, manage and contribute to USA Football social media channels including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.Build and maintain social media content and engagement calendar to enhance USA Football and strategic partner programs. Work in collaboration with content and marketing team to plan and execute campaigns and content calendars throughout the year.Improve community-building around various topics, products, and brands at USA Football.Foster interactivity, engagement, community growth, expertise, trust, and loyalty. Seek out opportunities for conversation and dramatically improve engagement.Utilize social analytic tools to track and evaluate performance of individual ... Read More...
              Trailblazing Women: Marta Krupinska, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Azimo   
    Marta Krupinska (Linkedin), co-founder and managing director of Beacon’s portfolio company Azimo has recently given an interview as part of a series on Trailblazing Women role models from around the world. It first appeared at Global Invest Her which hosts these exclusive interviews and later made its appearance at Huffington Post.  Marta is a living inspiration and […]
              Left claims responsibility for latest Rome slaying    

    Gunmen using silencer-equipped pistols killed a right-wing political activist Wednesday in Italy's 18th reported political assassination of the year. Shortly after the killing of Angelo Mancia, an anonymous telephone caller told the newspaper La Republica it was carried out by the "Red Squad Organized Comrades," the same leftist gang that killed a Rome restaurant cook by mistake two days ago and bombed a right-wing newspaper last week.

    In Turin Wednesday, a court sentenced two prime suspects in the assassination of former Premier Aldo Moro to a total of six years in jail on preliminary arms possession charges.

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              Overlooked painters of genius; German Romantic Painting, by William Vaughan. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press. $45.    

    The name of Casper David Friedrich was unknown except to a very small number of Americans as little as a decade ago.And those of Philipp Otto Runge, Carl Gustav Carus, Carl Blechen, and Moritz von Schwind are even less known here today.But that's not surprising, considering that German Romanticism, the 19 th-century art movement these artists represent, is still pretty much of an unknown factor in this country.

    One hopes that situation will soon be remedied. At any rate, help is here in the form of William Vaughan's excellent and long overdue study of the climate and genius of German Romantic painting.

    Dr. Vaughan tackles this problem of familiarity headlong in his book's introduction: "The years around 1800 were those of one of Germany's greatest cultural flowerings. Not since the Renaissance and Reformation -- the age of Durer and Luther -- had Germans achieved so much in so many varied fields, or made such crucial contributions to the development of European civilization. . . . The high stature of the German music, literature, and philosophy of this period is generally recognized in other countries. But this is not the case with the visual art. Today German painting of the early 19th century receives little attention outside its native country."

    If such neglect were deserved, this book would be of interest only to art historians and a few specialized collectors. But it is not deserved, for one thing, because the philosophies and theories, the talents and the works of art of German Romanticism were exceptional. And, for another, because this movement produced one of the most extraordinary landscape painters ever to grace European art: Casper David Friedrich.

    It was Dr. Vaughan's fascination with Friedrich's work that prompted his interest in German Romanticism, and which ultimately led to the writing of this book. And Friedrich dominates and colors this book as much as his art overshadowed that of his German contemporaries.

    There is no getting around the fact that Friedrich was a major, probably even a great landscape painter, and that it's high time we got to know him better. For that reason alone this book would be a valuable addition to any art library; its 13 excellent color plates and numerous other fine illustrations of Friedrich's work cover the full range of his work from a traditional 1797 watercolor rendering of a park, to his haunting late paintings of figures by the sea, executed shortly before his passing in 1840.

    But, like the scholar he is, Dr. Vaughan sets the art of Friedrich within its full historical, social, and philosophical context, traces the influence of others upon him, and then proceeds to discuss those aspects of the German Romantic movement which extended beyond, and even in some cases denied, his influence.

    It is an altogether engrossing book. The pages on Runge, Carus, Schinkel, Blechen, Richter, von Schwind, etc., are among the best on these artists to be found anywhere in English. And the same is true of those on another exceptional German artist still too little known here, Adolf von Menzel, as well as those on that remarkable group of artists known collectively as the Nazarenes.

    There is no way to do this book full justice in such a short review. It covers too much ground for that, and makes so many subtle points -- both about individual artists and about social and political realities -- that any reviewer , looking for one more reason to recommend this book immediately finds himself swamped by at least half a dozen.

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              Optimizing Your Online Presence   
    Part 1: Citation Metrics and Measuring Impact Citation metrics provide quantitative data used to evaluate the impact of a scholar's research. Several methods and tools exist to assist scholars with obtaining information about citation counts and impact data, such as ISI Web of Science, Google Scholar, and other citation counting tools by discipline. Metrics also assist scholars with identifying key journals and notable researchers in their field. Part 2: Managing Researcher Profiles In part two of the workshop we'll discuss why it's important to develop an online profile as a researcher, how to promote your work and connect to other researchers, and look at several sites in depth. See what ORCID, LinkedIn, Research Gate,, PIVOT, Plum Analytics, and Google Scholar can do for you. Please bring your laptop if you would like to follow along with the presentation.

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              Making the most of next weeks SharePoint 2010 developer training   

    [you can still register if you are free on the afternoons of 9th to 11th – UK time]

    We have 50+ registrations with more coming in – which is fantastic. Please read on to make the most of the training.


    We have structured the training to make sure that you can still learn lots during the three days even if you do not have SharePoint 2010 installed. Additionally the course is based around a subset of the channel 9 training to allow you to easily dig deeper or look again at specific areas. Which means if you have zero time between now and next Wednesday then you are still good to go. But if you can do some pre-work you will likely get even more out of the three days.

    Step 1: Check out the topics and resources available on-demand

    The course is based around a subset of the channel 9 training to allow you to easily dig deeper or look again at specific areas.

    Step 2: Use a pre-configured Virtual Machine which you can download (best start today – it is large!)

    Consider using the VM we created If you don't have access to SharePoint 2010. You will need a 64bit host OS and bare minimum of 4GB of RAM. 8GB recommended. Virtual PC can not be used with this VM – Virtual PC only supports 32bit guests.

    The 2010-7a Information Worker VM gives you everything you need to develop for SharePoint 2010.

    Remember you only need to download the “parts” for the 2010-7a VM.

    There are 3 subtly different ways of using this VM:

    • Easiest is to follow the advice of the video and get yourself a host OS of Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V and simply use the VM
    • Alternatively you can take the VHD and create a “Boot to VHD” if you have Windows 7 Ultimate or Enterprise Edition. This works really well – especially if you are already familiar with “Boot to VHD” (This post I did will help you get started)
    • Or you can take the VHD and use an alternative VM tool such as VirtualBox if you have a different host OS.
      • NB: This tends to involve some work to get everything running fine. Check out parts 1 to 3 from Rolly and if you go with Virtual Box use an IDE controller not SATA. SATA will blue screen. Note in the screenshot below I also converted the vhd to a vmdk. I used the FREE Starwind Converter to do this whilst I was fighting blue screens – not sure its necessary as VirtualBox does now work with VHDs.


    or Step 3 – Install SharePoint 2010 on a 64bit Windows 7 or Vista Host

    I haven’t tried this but it is now supported. Check out MSDN.

    Final notes:

    • I am in the process of securing a number of hosted VMs for ISVs directly managed by my team. Your Architect Evangelist will have details once I have them! Else we can sort out on the Wed.
    • Regrettably I am unable to give folks 1:1 support on any issues around Boot to VHD, 3rd party VM products etc.

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              Top 5 Dangers Of Online Shopping And Precautions To Take On Cyber Monday   
    Before you, your family, or friends (e.g. Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn) spend another dime online, please take a moment to mull over my “Top Five Dangers” and ways to reduce risk. How many people are really vulnerable? IMRG expects there will be 3.5 billion online shoppers globally by 2013, according [...]
              Better Planet Paper Review: Sustainable toilet rolls and paper towels   
    Better Planet Paper provide no information on their website about who owns or runs the business. The Better Planet Paper website domain (“”) was privately registered on August 18th, 2016. Further research reveals Scott Kufus claiming to be the Founder and CEO of Better Living Paper on his LinkedIn profile. With my keen focus on [Continue reading...] Source: Better Planet Paper Review: Sustainable toilet rolls and paper towels

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              What We Do in Life Echoes in Eternity - Also for Climate Change   

    "What we do in life echoes in eternity" is a line from "Gladiator"  (actually from Marcus Aurelius). What our politicians are doing now, and will be doing in the near future, for the climate will echo for a long time in the future of our planet. 

    President Trump's decision to exit the Paris agreement has been correctly vilified almost everywhere outside the US, but some commentators noted that Trump may have done the right thing, even though for the wrong reasons. It seems that for many politicians and industrialists, the Paris treaty was seen as the perfect tool to appear to be doing something while at the same time doing nothing. Personally, I tend to agree with this interpretation, especially from what I know about Italian politicians.

    So, here is a link to a text where Trump's decision is discussed in these terms. I am impressed by Graham Readfearn's statement that the Paris treaty was seen by the coal industry as a way to get financed for "clean coal" and other useless technologies. Again, knowing the people involved in this kind of tricks, it doesn't surprise me at all.

    In the end, Trump's attempt to revitalize dying industries, such as coal, are bound to fail and this may give a bad reputation to some bad ideas that really deserve that. And that may create a momentum for doing the right things as argued, for instance, by Jean-Marc Jancovici.

    What we do now will echo on the future of our planet and for a long time to come.

    Here is an excerpt from Graham Readfearn

    "At least two coal companies, Peabody Energy and Cloud Peak, had tried to convince Trump to remain in the Paris deal. Oil and gas giants Exxon and Conoco also voiced support for the Paris deal.

    This internal fight represented two different approaches from a fossil fuel industry trying to sustain itself. One approach is to bulldoze and cherry-pick your way through the science of climate change and attack the UN process — all to undermine your opponents’ core arguments.

    Another approach is to accept the science but work the system to convince governments that “clean coal” and efficiency gains are the way forward.

    The latter was exactly the rationale reportedly deployed by coal firms like Peabody Energy and Cloud Peak.

    According to White House officials quoted by Reuters, these firms wanted Trump to stay in the Paris deal because this gave them a better chance of getting support for “low-emission” coal plants. They might also get some financial help to support the development of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology."

              Holiday Travel of America (HTOA) Announces the Hire of Celia Bethurum   

    Carlsbad, CA -- (ReleaseWire) -- 02/06/2015 -- Holiday Travel of America (HTOA)™, a sales and marketing incentive based company, who specializes in providing custom designed travel incentive packages announces the hire of Celia Bethurum, a Media Arts degreed professional with more than 20 years of design and marketing expertise as the Community Relations Marketing Manager.

    She will be tasked with showcasing HTOA's products and services online and in print. Additionally, Celia will head up the company's online reputation management as well as social media integration.

    Rich Romanello, President/CEO, is thrilled to have Bethurum and anticipates her customer-service based expertise will continue to positively influence sales and service of national and international travel products to their corporate customers, located worldwide.

    "Consistent delivery of a sound product, backed with true fulfillment is one of the keys to the success of Holiday Travel," says Romanello "Another tenet is having a solid infrastructure, which is in place with the core management group having in excess of 100 combined years of management at HTOA alone. We've worked hard to develop great relationships with employees, suppliers and clients", continues Romanello.

    Years of service-based experience is already ingrained within the HTOA staff who works collectively to give excellent customer service to end users of our travel packages. With Bethurum's innovative, proactive and comprehensive marketing techniques, HTOA anticipates that its current and prospective corporate customers will be ever more pleased with its already lauded products and services.

    "When aligning myself with a new company, I wanted to find an organization that could use my expertise, yet had a solid infrastructure in place and one that was looking to better itself constantly", explains Bethurum. "I love the products and services HTOA provides and I am eager to implement better practices with sales, marketing and reputation management", continues Bethurum.

    While HTOA begins to launch its new online product support site including registration and reservation requests, the need for someone of Bethurum's experience was extremely important. "Celia has already improved our customer relations in the short time she has been with Holiday Travel and I find myself genuinely excited to work with her on our new social media platforms and online product support sites", adds Randy Fish, Executive Vice President.

    About Holiday Travel of America
    Established in 1988, Holiday Travel of America (HTOA) is the industry's premier provider of cost effective, powerful, travel promotions, incentives and packages for clients worldwide. HTOA is providing sales and marketing incentive based programs – many of them customized and private-labeled – for companies inside and out of the shared ownership/timeshare industry, helping them reach interested, active consumers.

    President/CEO Rich Romanello (; 760-431-8600, ext. 101) welcome callers who would like to explore how they can customize a program that protects the client's brand and ensures their company's integrity, while creating additional revenue.

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              Virtually real design   

    Architects and designers use plans, sections, perspective renderings, animations or models to describe a space. Personally, I have always been drawn to building models. As a sculpture student, I always worked from a mock-up rather than detailed drawings. As an architecture student, I would walk into a critique with nothing but a pristine model and diagrammatic drawings—sometimes to the horror of my professors. I find myself drawn to modeling because this is the only method within traditional documentation that actually uses three dimensions to describe space.

              Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures, Standards ASCE/SEI 7-16, has been updated   

    Several significant updates have been added to the new edition of Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures, Standards ASCE/SEI 7-16.

    The recently released document helps determine design loads including dead, live, soil, flood, tsunami, snow, rain, atmospheric ice, earthquake, wind, and fire, as well as how to assess load combinations. This new edition of ASCE 7 supersedes ASCE/SEI 7-10.

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              Mohawk College will have one of the region’s first net-zero energy institutional buildings   

    A new 96,000-sf building designed by B+H Architects and mcCallumSather will provide students of Ontario’s Mohawk College with solar-powered state-of-the-art labs, workshops, open study spaces, and a lecture theater when construction completes in 2018.

              This floating hotel in Sweden freezes in place during the winter   

    The Lule River in Sweden is about to become the location of one of the country’s most unique hotels. Arctic Bath, designed by Bertil Harström and Johan Kauppi, floats on the river in the summertime, and then freezes in place during the winter.

              Renters don’t just want nice apartments; they want communities packed with amenities   

    As more people are choosing to rent deeper into their lives than ever before, the things people expect from an apartment unit and a rental community are changing. For many, apartment living is no long a stop along the way, but a viable option for people who do not find homeownership appealing. Because of this, what people expect out of apartment communities has changed, as well.

              Cold-formed steel framing engineering guide for building projects released   

    BuildSteel, an alliance of steel and construction industry organizations, recently released “Cold-Formed Steel Framing: Engineering the Details of Your Next Project.”

    The e-book explores several technical aspects of designing and engineering cold-formed steel framing for successful projects. Building professionals and engineers will learn:

              What does the client really want?   

    Our Healthcare Program Solutions team spends much of its time representing owners as they work their way through the execution of major capital programs. Many of our team members have spent time not only on the consulting side of the owner’s team but have worked for some of the clients we serve. In order to deliver superior outcomes to our healthcare clients, we have to know what our clients want. To do this, we spend time communicating with owners and listening to their thoughts on firms and people they hire for support.

              Bruner Foundation announces 2017 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence gold and silver medalists   

    The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (RBA), recently announced its 2017 gold and silver medalists. The biennial award celebrates transformative places distinguished by physical design and contributions to the economic, environmental, and social vitality of America’s cities.

              Bloomberg’s European headquarters wants to become a natural extension of London   

    Located in the heart of London, Bloomberg’s new European headquarters is designed to complement the surrounding buildings and create a natural extension of the city. At ten stories high, the new HQ building protects views of nearby St. Paul’s Cathedral and is in harmony with the heights of the neighboring structures.

    The design, created by Foster + Partners, comprises two buildings. Glazed bridges connect the separate buildings across a retail arcade that bisects the site. This reinstates a historic route that once connected Cannon Street with Watling Street.

              Construction disputes were slightly less contentious last year   

    The resolution of global construction disputes remained steady in 2016, and the average time it took to resolve those disputes declined  bit, according to the seventh annual Arcadis Global Construction Disputes Report 2017, which is subtitled “Avoiding the Same Pitfalls.”

              Global Market Study on Zero Liquid Discharge Global Market During the Forecast Period   

    The report starts with an executive summary that presents key findings related to the zero liquid discharge market such as pertinent market numbers and CAGR.

    Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 06/28/2017 -- Persistence Market Research presents a comprehensive and an all-encompassing report tilted 'Zero Liquid Discharge Market: Global Industry Analysis and Forecast, 2017-2025', which presents a detailed take on the global zero liquid discharge market. The report starts with an executive summary that presents key findings related to the zero liquid discharge market such as pertinent market numbers and CAGR from 2017 till 2025, and market forecast numbers related to the various segments and regional forecasts. The executive summary also lists the various drivers, restraints and trends in the global zero liquid discharge market that gives a cursory overview of the factors that are influencing the growth of this market. Also, a list of prominent market players operating in the zero liquid discharge market is given in the executive summary. After this, there is a concise and yet informative Persistence Market Research analysis on the overall market approach of the prominent players operating in the global zero liquid discharge market along with information on target applications and regions. Also, differentiating strategies of the prominent market players is given for readers to get an idea of how the various competitors are maintaining their pole position in this competitive market. After the executive summary, there is a section on market introduction, which gives the definition of the market and lists the various types and applications of the zero liquid discharge market. This gives a precise idea what this market is all about and where all its applications are useful. Market taxonomy is indicated after the market definition.

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    Power Generation
    Oil and Gas
    Chemicals and Petrochemicals
    Mining and Metallurgy

    North America
    Latin America
    Asia Pacific
    Middle East and Africa
    After the market taxonomy, there is a section devoted to the market analysis scenario of the global zero liquid discharge market that gives the region wise breakup of the market value on a yearly basis right from the year 2015 till 2025. After this, the region wise installed base of zero liquid discharge systems for the year 2016 is listed. In the subsequent section, a value chain analysis of the global zero liquid discharge market is given. There is another informative section that denotes the indicative cost structure of zero liquid discharge systems that are segmented into conventional systems and hybrid systems. Thereafter, a list of forecast factors is given and the level of impact of all of these forecast factors on the zero liquid discharge market is given. A section of the report is devoted to the market dynamics of the zero liquid discharge market. In this section, the drivers, restraints and trends operating in the zero liquid discharge market are discussed in detail and all the factors that encourage the growth of the zero liquid discharge market as well as hamper the growth of this market are listed.

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    Another section lists the key regulations of various countries in the global zero liquid discharge market. Regulations of the United States, China, India and of the European Union are discussed in detail. This is an important section as it discusses the regulatory framework to be followed by companies operating in the global zero liquid discharge market. The subsequent sections of the report discuss in detail the global zero liquid discharge market by application, by system type and by region. In these sections, important market forecast figures related to Basis Point Share, year-on-year growth analysis, absolute dollar opportunity and market attractiveness analysis are given.

    Last but not the least, there is an entire section of the report devoted to the competition landscape of the global zero liquid discharge market. This competition landscape gives a dashboard view of the key companies operating in the global zero liquid discharge market along with their important information and broad strategy adopted to stay as leaders in the zero liquid discharge market. Each of the leading companies is also profiled individually and important information about the company such as company details, company description, product portfolio along with key developments concerning the company and strategic analysis is presented. A SWOT analysis of each leading market player is also presented, which gives detailed information about the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats that the company is dealing with. The competition landscape is an important section as it imparts a deep understanding of the leading companies operating in the global zero liquid discharge market.     

    Research Methodology

    Overall market size has been analyzed through historical data, primary responses, and public domain data. Revenue of companies in the global zero liquid discharge market has been benchmarked to ascertain the market size for the base year. Macroeconomic indicators such as GDP and industry growth have been considered to forecast the market size over the assessment period. The historical growth trend of end-use industries, market participants' performance, as well as the present macro-economic outlook has been taken into consideration for estimating the overall market trend forecast. This data is then validated using the triangulation method and is extensively scrutinized using advanced tools to garner quantitative and qualitative insights into the global zero liquid discharge market. 

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              Global Market Study on Construction Aggregates Crushed Stone Product Type Segment   

    The key players are also involved in marking their direct presence in the local markets through mergers and acquisitions with regional players.

    Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 06/28/2017 -- The global construction aggregates market is highly fragmented and various market players in several developing countries are focussing on strengthening their partnership with local EPC companies and are strategically deploying prime distributors in local regions. The key players are also involved in marking their direct presence in the local markets through mergers and acquisitions with regional players. A new report by Persistence Market Research titled "Construction Aggregates Market: Global Industry Analysis and Forecast, 2017 – 2025" discusses the approach taken by key players in the global construction aggregates market to achieve consistent growth by expanding their footprint in regions with high construction activities and also through tie-ups with local construction industries. Manufacturers are also focussing on acquiring stone quarries near potential high-demand locations and are also engaging in the production of manufactured sand. In an in-depth analysis of key regions, the analysts have observed that ongoing infrastructure development projects coupled with strong emphasis of the government to improve service life of various public utilities are expected to be the key factors driving demand for construction aggregates in India. While in the rest of Asia Pacific, the presence of a growing mining industry, abundant natural resources of construction aggregates and lack of major players is creating substantial opportunities for companies to invest in the region.

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    In order to provide a comprehensive view of the market, a detailed competitiveness analysis and key players' information along with their unique selling propositions is mentioned in the report. The dashboard provides a detailed comparison of construction aggregates manufacturers on parameters such as operating margins, unique selling propositions, collective market share and geographic concentration. The study encompasses market attractiveness analysis of various segments of the global construction aggregates market.

    The report highlights revenue generated from the sales of construction aggregates such as crushed stone, sand and gravel across various regions and important countries within these regions. Apart from this, the global construction aggregates market value chain analysis, profitability margins, cost influencing factors, pricing trends and factors influencing the sales of construction aggregates are also included in the report. Macroeconomic indicators such as GDP, per capita income, per capita construction expenditure, construction industry growth and cement consumption have been considered.

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    Crushed Stone
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    North and Central America
    South America
    Northern Europe
    Southern Europe
    CIS Countries
    Australia and New Zealand
    Rest of Asia Pacific
    Middle East
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    A number of primary and secondary sources have been consulted during the course of this study. Secondary sources include Factiva, GBI, Genios, and Meltwater. Companies' annual reports and publications have also been examined while drafting this report. Market size and forecast for each market segment have been provided in the context of global and regional markets. The global construction aggregates market has been analyzed based on anticipated demand in the market. Prices considered for the calculation of revenue include average regional prices obtained through primary quotes from numerous regional construction aggregates manufacturers, suppliers, and distributors.

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    All key end users have been considered and potential applications have been estimated on the basis of secondary sources and feedback from primary respondents. Regional demand patterns have been considered while estimating the market for various end users of construction aggregates in different regions. Top-down approach has been used to estimate the forecast for the global construction aggregates market by region. Market numbers for individual segments have been derived using the bottom-up approach, which is cumulative of each region's demand. The company-level market share has been derived on the basis of revenues reported by key manufacturers. The market has been forecast based on constant currency rates.

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              Global Market Study on Hyperthermia Treatment for Cancer Microwave Hyperthermia Device Segment   

    The report starts with an executive summary that states the market overview with pertinent market numbers and forecasts along with the CAGR for the period 2017 to 2025.

    Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 06/28/2017 -- Persistence Market Research presents a detailed and all-encompassing report on the hyperthermia treatment for cancer market titled 'Hyperthermia Treatment for Cancer Market: Global Industry Analysis and Forecast, 2017–2025'. The report starts with an executive summary that states the market overview with pertinent market numbers and forecasts along with the CAGR for the period 2017 to 2025. The executive summary also contains the segment wise forecasts by device type, by end user, by application and by region and gives the market revenue spilt for the year 2016. The executive summary also lists the drivers, challenges and trends in brief impacting the hyperthermia treatment for cancer market, about which the report talks in detail in another exclusive section. The executive summary also contains a list of key market players operating in the global hyperthermia treatment for cancer market. At the end of the executive summary, there is a concise Persistence Market Research analysis on the overall market approach adopted by key market players in this market.

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    Target geographies talks about the regions that are most lucrative in the global hyperthermia treatment for cancer market and this subsection also contains the differentiating strategies adopted by leading market players to stay in the pole position in this market. Market introduction follows the executive summary and this section defines hyperthermia treatment for cancer devices. This section also contains a write up on the inclusions and exclusions that have been made in the scope of this report. Persistence Market Research has only included the market of hyperthermia devices that are used for local, regional or whole body hyperthermia treatment procedures for cancer. Hyperthermia devices are used in the hyperthermia treatment procedure, where such devices are used to heat the tumor to 42?C or a higher temperature using different type of focused waves. Other thermal ablation therapy procedure devices such as radiofrequency ablation, cryoablation therapy, laser ablation therapy and microwave ablation have not been included in this report.

    Market Taxonomy

    By Device Type

    Microwave Hyperthermia Device
    Ultrasound Hyperthermia Device
    Infrared Hyperthermia Device
    Short-wave Hyperthermia Device
    By End User

    Research Institutes
    Cancer Centers
    By Application

    Breast Cancer
    Liver Cancer
    Soft Tissue Sarcoma
    Head and Neck Tumors
    Prostate Cancer
    By Region

    North America
    Latin America
    Asia Pacific
    Middle East and Africa
    After the market taxonomy, there is a section devoted to the pricing analysis by region of the different types of hyperthermia devices used for in treatment. A section of the report analyzes in detail the market dynamics of the hyperthermia treatment for cancer market. In this section, various drivers, restraints, opportunities and applicable trends are stated in detail that give the report audience a clear view of the various factors that are encouraging and hampering the growth of this market and the latest happenings and trends associated with this market. After this, there is an important section dealing with the data that states the improvement in breast cancer results with hyperthermia. The subsequent sections of the report state the global hyperthermia treatment for cancer market analysis and forecast by device type, end user, application and region. In these sections, important information regarding the market in the form of Basis Point Share analysis, year-on-year growth projections and market attractiveness analysis is given.

    An entire section of the report focuses on the competition landscape of the global hyperthermia treatment for cancer market. The competition landscape gives a dashboard view of the key companies operating in the global hyperthermia treatment for cancer market along with their important information and broad strategy adopted to stay as leaders in the hyperthermia treatment for cancer market. Each of the leading companies is also profiled individually and important information about the company including company description, product portfolio along with key developments concerning the company and strategic analysis is presented. This section also contains a comprehensive SWOT analysis of each leading market player. This competition landscape is the most important section of the report as it imparts a deep understanding of the leading companies operating in the global hyperthermia treatment for cancer market and is valuable for new entrants in the field to get a learning about how the companies are leading this lucrative market and also for established market players to get a better understanding about their competitors.       

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    Research Methodology

    Persistence Market research has used a model approach to estimate the hyperthermia treatment for cancer market. Bottom up approach is used to understand the number of installed base, replacement rate, average life span of devices and average number of devices installed per hospital. The number of hospitals per country have been considered to derive the total number of hyperthermia devices installed. Weighted average selling price is considered to estimate the market size of various products mentioned in the scope of the study. The country price is captured with the local currency. The local currency figures have been converted to USD to offer forecasts in a consistent currency standard. Furthermore, Persistence Market Research has taken into consideration the latest annual exchange rates to reflect the impact of the most recent global economic conditions.

    Further, Persistence Market Research has also analyzed the global hyperthermia treatment for cancer market through extensive primary research to understand the usage patterns, historic trends, problems faced by professionals, the required product developments, and most preferred products. Key opinion leaders considered in primary research include experienced healthcare professionals in various healthcare facilities at the country level. These estimates are further validated through inputs from industry experts including manufacturers, distributors and suppliers. Persistence Market Research has conducted primary research interviews at the country level with a spilt of 65% demand side and 35% supply side. Extensive secondary research has been carried out to understand the lifespan of devices, adoption rate, regulatory scenarios, average selling price, reimbursement scenario, etc. Persistence Market Research has also analyzed various companies' websites and press releases to fetch substantial information regarding the market size and key market developments.

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              Global Software Defined Storage Market Industry Analysis,Trends and Forecast   

    Market dynamics are the factors which impact the market growth, thereby helping to understand the ongoing trends of the global market.

    Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 06/28/2017 -- The report covers the analysis and forecast of the software defined storage market on a global and regional level. The study provides historic data of 2016 along with the forecast for the period between 2017 and 2025 based on revenue (US$ Bn).

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    A comprehensive analysis of the market dynamics that is inclusive of market drivers, restraints and opportunities is included in the purview of the report. Additionally, the report includes potential opportunities in the software defined storage market on the global and regional level. Market dynamics are the factors which impact the market growth, thereby helping to understand the ongoing trends of the global market. Therefore, the report provides the forecast of the global market for the period from 2017 to 2025, along with offering an inclusive study of the software defined storage market.

    Global Software Defined Storage Market: Segmentation

    The study provides a comprehensive view of the software defined storage market by segmenting it based on usage, software and end-user. By usage, the software defined storage market has been segregated into data back up and disaster recovery, surveillance, storage provisioning and others. By software, the software defined storage market is segregated by SDS server, SDS controller software, data security, data management and others. On the basis of end-user industries, the software defined storage is segmented into BFSI, telecom, manufacturing, education, media and entertainment, healthcare, high tech and others.

    Demand for software defined storage has been derived by analyzing the global and regional demand for software defined storage in each end-user industries for its respective functions. The global software defined storage market has been analyzed based on expected demand. Forecasts have been based on the expected demand from software defined storage end-user industries. We have used the bottom-up approach to estimate the global revenue of software defined storage market, split into regions. Based on end-user industries, we have summed up the individual revenues from all the regions to achieve the global revenue for software defined storage. The end-user industries split of the market has been derived using a bottom-up approach for each regional market separately, with the global application segment split being an integration of regional estimates. In the absence of specific data related to the sales of software defined storage of several privately held companies, calculated assumptions have been made in view of the company's product portfolio and regional presence along with the demand for products in its portfolio.

    Global Software Defined Storage Market: Regional Outlook

    Regional segmentation includes the current and forecast demand for North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East & Africa and Latin America. These have been further sub-segmented into countries and regions with relevance to the market. The segmentation also includes demand for individual product and applications in all regions.

    The report provides the size of the software defined storage market in 2016 and the forecast for the next nine years up to 2025. The size of the global software defined storage market is provided in terms of revenue. Market revenue is defined in US$ Bn. The market size and forecast for each application segment are provided in the context of global and regional markets. Numbers provided in this report are derived based on demand generated from different applications. Market dynamics prevalent in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific have been taken into account for estimating the growth of the global market.

    The competitive profiling of the key players in the global software defined storage market across five broad geographic regions is included in the study. These include different business strategies adopted by the leading players and their recent developments as in the field of software defined storage.

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    Key Players Mentioned in this Report are:

    The major players in the software defined storage market are VMWare, Inc., Dell EMC, Oracle Corporation, Microsoft Corporation, International Business Machines Corporation, Dell Inc., NetApp, Inc., Hitachi Data Systems Corporation, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and Cisco Systems, Inc.

    The market has been segmented as follows:

    Global Software Defined Storage Market: By Geography

    North America
    Rest of North America
    Rest of Europe
    Asia Pacific
    Rest of Asia Pacific
    Middle East and Africa
    Rest of Middle East and Africa
    Latin America
    Rest of Latin America
    Global Software Defined Storage Market: By Usage

    Data Back up and Disaster recovery
    Storage Provisioning
    Global Software Defined Storage Market: By Software

    SDS Server
    SDS Controller Software
    Data Security
    Data Management
    Global Software Defined Storage Market: By End-User

    Media and Entertainment
    High Tech

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              Global Contactless Payment Transaction Market Industry Analysis,Trends, and Forecast   

    This report on the global contactless payment transaction market provides analysis for the period 2015–2025, wherein 2016 is the base year and the period from 2017 to 2025

    Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 06/28/2017 -- This report on the global contactless payment transaction market provides analysis for the period 2015–2025, wherein 2016 is the base year and the period from 2017 to 2025 is the forecast period. Data for 2015 has been included as historical information. The report covers market dynamics including drivers, restraints opportunities, and trends expected to influence the global contactless payment transaction market growth during the said period. Mode of payments that are playing a major role in the driving the global contactless payment transaction market have also been covered in the study.

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    The study provides a comprehensive analysis on market growth throughout the above forecast period in terms of revenue estimates (in US$ Bn), across different geographies. Contactless payment is a safe and sound method for consumers to buying products or services through credit card, debit card, contactless card (NFC/RFID), contactless wearable devices, and contactless mobile payment, by using NFC or RFID technology. Furthermore, in contactless payment consumer needs to tap their purchasing card near a sales desk which is known as "tap-and-go" also it does not require a PIN or signature.

    Contactless Payment Transaction Market: Segmentation

    The contactless payment transaction market has been segmented on the basis of mode of payment and end-use. Based on mode of payment, the market has been further classified into Contactless Card (NFC/RFID), Wearable Devices, Contactless Mobile Payment. By end-use, the market is further classified into Hospitality, Transport, Media & Entertainment, Retail, Healthcare, Others.

    Geographically, the report classifies the global contactless payment transaction market into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa (MEA), and South America; the regions are analyzed in terms of revenue generation. Furthermore, the study also includes quantitative analysis of the competitive scenario for region wise prominent countries which covered in the report include the following - the U.S, Canada, Germany, France, the U.K., Poland, Sweden, China, India, Japan, Australia, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, UAE, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, Brazil and Argentina. The market size and forecast for each region has been provided for the period from 2015 to 2025 along with the CAGR (%) for the forecast period from 2017 to 2025.

    Contactless Payment Transaction Market: Scope of the Report

    The report also includes key industry developments in the contactless payment transaction market. Porter Five Force analysis is also included in the report. Ecosystem Analysis which identifies the process of distribution of the product in the contactless payments services is also covered in the report. The report also covers segment wise, market attractiveness analysis and market positioning analysis for all regions covered in the scope of study.

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    This report shows market attractiveness analysis for all the segments and for all the regions in the scope of study which identifies and compares segments market attractiveness on the basis of CAGR and market share index.

    Contactless Payment Transaction Market: Competitive Landscape

    The report also includes competition landscape which include competition matrix, market position analysis of major players in the global contactless payment based on their 2016 revenues, profiling of major players (Contactless Card (NFC/RFID), Wearable Devices, and Contactless Mobile Payment providers). Competition matrix benchmarks leading players on the basis of their capabilities and potential to grow. Factors including market position, offerings and R&D focus are attributed to company's capabilities. Factors including top line growth, market share, segment growth, infrastructure facilities and future outlook are attributed to company's potential to grow. This section also identifies and includes various recent developments carried out by the leading players.

    Company profiling includes company overview, major business strategies adopted, SWOT analysis and market revenues for past years. The key players profiled in the global contactless payment transaction market include Apple Inc., Barclays, Gemalto N.V., Giesecke & Devrient GmbH, Heartland Payment Systems, Inc., Ingenico Group, Inside Secure, On Track Innovations LTD, Samsung Electronics Ltd., Verifone Systems, Inc., and Wirecard AG.

    The global contactless payment transaction market is segmented as below:

    Global Contactless Payment Transaction Market, By Mode of Payment

    Contactless Card (NFC/RFID)
    Wearable Devices
    Contactless Mobile Payment
    Global Contactless Payment Transaction Market, By End-Use

    Media & Entertainment
    Global Contactless Payment Transaction Market, By Geography

    North America
    The U.S.
    Rest of North America
    The U.K.
    Rest of Europe
    Asia Pacific (APAC)
    South Korea
    Rest of Asia Pacific
    Middle East and Africa (MEA)
    Saudi Arabia
    South Africa
    Rest of MEA
    South America
    Rest of South America

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              Global Market Study on Chromatographic Silica Resins Asia Pacific Projected to Depict High Growth   

    The report starts with an executive summary that gives the definition of the chromatographic silica resin market and explains.

    Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 06/28/2017 -- Persistence Market Research presents a detailed and an all-encompassing report titled 'Chromatographic Silica Resin Market: Global Industry Analysis and Forecast, 2017 - 2025', which gives deep insights into the global chromatographic silica resin market. The report starts with an executive summary that gives the definition of the chromatographic silica resin market and explains what the market is all about besides giving its applications across various fields. The executive summary also gives the CAGR for the forecast period 2017 to 2025 and talks about the pertinent market numbers and the important segments in the global chromatographic silica resin market. Along with this, the executive summary contains a brief snapshot of the drivers, restrains and opportunities in the chromatographic silica resin market and gives the report audience a preview of the factors that are influencing the growth of this market in brief. The executive summary also contains a concise and yet informative analysis on the overall market approach adopted by the key players operating in the global chromatographic silica resin market. The target end use segment and the target region are also discussed that demonstrates to the report audience the important and most attractive sectors in this market. At the end of the executive summary, the differentiating strategy of the key market players is given which provides information about the strategy adopted by them in order to stay in the pole position in the chromatographic silica resin market. The market introduction and taxonomy follows the executive summary.

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    Market Taxonomy

    By Mesh Size

    Above 200
    By Purity

    Pure Silica (up to 97%)
    Ultrapure Silica (up to 99%)
    By Application

    Analytical Chromatography
    Process Chromatography
    Preparative Chromatography
    Gravity Chromatography
    By End Use

    Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
    Food and Chemical
    By Region

    North America
    Latin America
    Asia Pacific
    Middle East and Africa
    After the market taxonomy, there is a section of the report devoted to study the global chromatographic silica resin market size. After this, the global chromatographic silica resin market volume data from 2015 till 2025 is given, which depicts the growth in the consumption of silica resin in metric tons. Subsequently, there is a section of the report that depicts the global chromatographic silica resin market pricing analysis and states the weighted average price of silica resins. These prices have been determined by mesh size as of effective rates in 2016. Prices have been deduced for the forecast period based on historic market as well as costs; Price increase over the forecast period is linearly distributed across regions. After this, there is a section on the global chromatographic silica resin market value and forecast that gives the growth in the market value and volume during the forecast period and the overall CAGR of the market. After this section, there is a section devoted to the global chromatographic silica resin market supply chain overview.

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    The subsequent section of the report deals with the market dynamics of the global chromatographic silica resin market and lists in detail the drivers, restraints, opportunities and trends operating in the market. This is a detailed and informative section of the report that throws light on various factors that affect the global chromatographic silica resin market growth and give the various opportunities and trends that highlight where the market is heading and what are the latest happenings in the market. After this section, there is a section devoted to the forecast factors of the global chromatographic silica resin market and the relevance and degree of impact of the listed forecast factors on this market. After this, key regulations in the areas related to food testing, pharmaceuticals and chemicals are given that have a direct bearing on the global chromatographic silica resin market. The subsequent section of the report depicts the market analysis and forecast of the global chromatographic silica resin market by mesh size, by purity, by application, by end use and by region. In these sections, there is important information about the market such as Basis Point Share figures, year-on-year growth analysis, absolute dollar opportunity figures and market attractiveness analysis.

    Last but not the least, there is an entire section of the report devoted to the competition landscape of the global chromatographic silica resin market. This competition landscape gives a dashboard view of the key companies operating in the global chromatographic silica resin market along with their important information and broad strategy adopted to stay as leaders in the global chromatographic silica resin market. Each of the leading companies is also profiled individually and important information about the company such as company details, company description, product portfolio along with key developments concerning the company and strategic analysis is presented. A SWOT analysis of each leading market player is also presented, which gives detailed information about the strengths, weakness, opportunities and threats that the company is dealing with. This competition landscape is the most important section of the report as it imparts a deep understanding of the leading companies operating in the global chromatographic silica resin market and is valuable for new entrants in the field to get a learning about how the companies are leading this lucrative market and also for established market players in order to get a better understanding about their competitors.         

    Research Methodology

    Overall market size has been analyzed through historical data, primary responses, and public domain data. Revenue of companies in the chromatographic silica resin market has been benchmarked to ascertain the market size for the base year. Macroeconomic indicators such as GDP and industry growth have been considered to forecast the market size over the forecast period. The historical growth trend of end-use industries, market participants' performance, as well as the present macro-economic outlook has been taken into consideration for estimating the overall market trend forecast. This data is then validated with the help of the triangulation method and is extensively scrutinized using advanced tools to garner quantitative and qualitative insights into the global chromatographic silica resin market.   

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              Global Flight Data Monitoring and Analysis Market Industry Analysis,Trends, and Forecast   

    The report covers market dynamics including drivers, restraints, opportunities, and trends expected to influence the global Flight Data Monitoring and Analysis market growth during the said period.

    Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 06/28/2017 -- This report on the global Flight Data Monitoring and Analysis market provides analysis for the period 2015–2025, wherein 2016 is the base year and the period from 2017 to 2025 is the forecast period. Data for 2015 has been included as historical information. The report covers market dynamics including drivers, restraints, opportunities, and trends expected to influence the global Flight Data Monitoring and Analysis market growth during the said period. Technologies that are playing a major role in the driving the global Flight Data Monitoring and Analysis market have also been covered in the study. The study provides a comprehensive analysis on market growth throughout the above forecast period in terms of revenue estimates (in US$ Mn), across different geographies.

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    Global Flight Data Monitoring and Analysis Market: Segmentation

    The Flight Data Monitoring and Analysis market has been segmented on the basis of Aircraft Type and End-use Vertical. Based on Aircraft Type, the market has been further classified into Fixed Wing and Rotary Wing. By End-use Vertical, the market is classified into Civil and Military. The Civil segment is further segmented into the commercial and general aviation segment. Geographically, the report classifies the global Flight Data Monitoring and Analysis market into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific (APAC), Middle East & Africa (MEA), and South America; the regions are analyzed in terms of revenue generation. Furthermore, region wise prominent countries covered in the report include the following - the U.S, the U.K., China, Japan, GCC countries, and Brazil.

    The report also includes government policies and regulations supporting the Flight Data Monitoring and Analysis market. Porter Five Force analysis which identifies bargaining power of supplier, bargaining power of buyer, threat from new entrant, threat from substitute and threat from competition in Flight Data Monitoring and Analysis market is also included in the report. Ecosystem analysis which identifies key stake holders in the Flight Data Monitoring and Analysis market is also covered in the report.

    Global Flight Data Monitoring and Analysis Market: Competitive Landscape

    The report also covers segment wise comparison matrix, market attractiveness analysis and market share analysis for all regions covered in the scope of study. Competition matrix includes segment growth matrix, 2017 - 2025 (%), segment revenue contribution, 2017 - 2025 (%), and segment compounded growth matrix (CAGR %). Market attractiveness identifies and compares segments market attractiveness on the basis of CAGR and market share index for the forecast period.

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    The report also includes competition landscape which include competition matrix, market share analysis of major players in the global Flight Data Monitoring and Analysis market based on their 2016 revenues and profiles of major players. Competition matrix benchmarks leading players on the basis of their capabilities and potential to grow. Factors including market position, offerings and R&D focus are attributed to company's capabilities. Factors including top line growth, market share, segment growth, infrastructure facilities and future outlook are attributed to company's potential to grow. This section also identifies and includes various recent developments carried out by the leading players.

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    Company profiling includes company overview, major business strategies adopted, SWOT analysis and market revenues for year 2014 to 2016. The key players profiled in the global Flight Data Monitoring and Analysis market include Curtiss-Wright Corporation, Teledyne Controls LLC, and Safran Electronics & Defense. Other players included are Hi-Fly Marketing, NeST Aerospace Pvt. Ltd, Guardian Mobility Corporation, French Flight Safety, Helinalysis Ltd, FlightDataPeople, Flight Data Services Ltd, Scaled Analytics Inc., and Aerobytes Ltd.

    The global Flight Data Monitoring and Analysis market is segmented as below:

    Global Flight Data Monitoring and Analysis Market, By Aircraft Type

    Fixed Wing
    Rotary Wing
    Global Flight Data Monitoring and Analysis Market, By End-use Vertical

    Global Flight Data Monitoring and Analysis Market, By Geography

    North America
    The U.S.
    Rest of North America
    The U.K
    Rest of Europe
    Asia Pacific (APAC)
    Rest of APAC
    Middle East and Africa (MEA)
    Rest of MEA
    South America
    Rest of South America
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              Global Visualization and 3D Rendering Software Market Industry Analysis,Trends and Forecast   

    The report covers all the prevalent trends and technologies playing a major role in the growth of the visualization and 3D rendering software market over the forecast period from 2017 to 2025.

    Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 06/28/2017 -- This report on the global visualization and 3D rendering software provides analysis for the period from 2015 to 2025, wherein 2016 is the base year and the years from 2017 to 2025 are the forecast period. Data for 2015 has been included as historical information. The report covers all the prevalent trends and technologies playing a major role in the growth of the visualization and 3D rendering software market over the forecast period from 2017 to 2025. It also highlights the various drivers, restraints, and opportunities expected to influence the market's growth during the said period. The study provides a holistic perspective on market growth throughout the forecast period in terms of revenue estimates (in US$ Mn) across different geographies, which include North America, Europe, Asia Pacific (APAC), Middle East & Africa (MEA), and South America (SA).

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    3D rendering is the 3D computer graphics process of automatically converting 3D wire frame models into 2D images with 3D photorealistic effects or non-photorealistic rendering on a computer. Visualization and 3D rendering software are used for creating graphical interfaces and displays for software solutions and converting 3D models into 2D images or videos. Visualization software includes graphical objects and components which are used for applications and displays with the help of software editors. Visualization software are used for graphical user interfaces in industries to display the required information in an effective manner. North America dominates the overall market for visualization and 3D rendering software globally, this dominance can be mainly due to the established key players and more demand for Media & Entertainment industry.

    Visualization & 3D Rendering Software Market: Scope of the Report

    This research report provides in-depth analysis of the global visualization and 3D rendering software market on the basis of deployment type, and end-use industry vertical. The visualization and 3D rendering software market based on deployment type includes on-premise and Cloud based. The visualization and 3D rendering software end-use industry vertical comprises manufacturing, construction, media & entertainment, healthcare, and others.

    In terms of geographical regions, the report segments the visualization and 3D rendering software market into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa (MEA), and South America; the regions are analyzed in terms of revenue generation. The report provides cross-sectional analysis of the global visualization and 3D rendering software market in terms of market estimates and forecasts for all segments across different geographic regions.

    This report shows market attractiveness analysis for all the segments and for all the geographies in the scope of study which identifies and compares segments market attractiveness on the basis of CAGR and market share index.

    The report also includes key industry developments that have taken place in the global Visualization and 3D Rendering Software market over the past years. Porter Five Force analysis is also included in the report.

    Visualization & 3D Rendering Software Market: Competitive Landscape

    The report also includes competitive profiling of major players engaged in the development of visualization and 3D rendering software. The major business strategies adopted by these players, their market positioning, and their recent developments have also been identified in the research report. This report also provides competition landscape which include competition matrix, market share analysis of major players in the visualization and 3D rendering software based on their 2016 revenues. Competition matrix benchmarks leading players on the basis of their capabilities and potential to grow. Factors including market position, offerings are attributed to company's capabilities. Factors including top line growth, market share, segment growth, infrastructure facilities and future outlook are attributed to company's potential to grow.

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    Some of the major players profiled in the report include Autodesk Inc., Dassault Systems, NVIDIA Corporation, Chaos Group, Abvent Group, Cebas Visual Technology Inc., Next Limit S.L, Luxion Inc., OTOY Inc., Act-3D B.V., etc.

    The global market for Visualization & 3D Rendering Software has been segmented as follows:

    Visualization & 3D Rendering Software market: By Deployment Type

    Cloud Based
    Visualization & 3D Rendering Software market: By End-use Industry Vertical

    Media & Entertainment
    Visualization & 3D Rendering Software market: By Region

    North America
    The U.S.
    Rest of North America
    Rest of Europe
    Asia Pacific
    Rest of APAC
    Middle East & Africa
    South Africa
    Rest of Middle East & Africa
    South America
    Rest of South America

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              De l'inter-opérabilité des réseaux sociaux   

    Bringing social to software: Radical change is coming. Are we ready? En fait, le panel a très vite tourné au débat sur la manière de faire communiquer tous ces sites, dits réseaux sociaux, dont tout le monde parle en ce moment.

    Pendant le tour de chauffe, Tariq Krim (Netvibes) commence à taper sur le clou de l’inter-opérabilité, pour le faire rentrer. Les producteurs de widgets (petites capsules de contenu tiers que l’on peu placer dans un site web) doivent faire en sorte que leurs outils soient portables sur toutes les plates-formes. En termes techniques et en terme de conditions d’utilisation... Sinon on va revenir à la vieille problématique du site développé pour Mac ou pour PC.

    "Comment voulez-vous que les entreprises viennent au social software ?"

    Un peu plus tard, le modérateur Marc Canter, survolté et maîtrisant parfaitement son sujet, interpelle les investisseurs de la salle en leur demandant de ne financer que des projets qui supportent Open ID (système transversal de gestion d’identité en ligne). Arrêtez de financer des application verrouillées !

    Susan Kish (European Energy Forum) termine d’enfoncer le clou de l’inter-opérabilité : quand est-ce que tous ces réseaux sociaux (Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Myspace...) vont enfin être compatible ? C’est la question majeure !

    Et elle expose la problématique très empirique des entreprises hors industrie du web :

    En dehors de cette salle, il y a un univers qui n’a même jamais entendu parler des wikis, qui ne va pas sur les blogs. Les patrons de grandes industries qui ont un blog (comme M. Leclerc) restent une exception.

    Il faut faire tomber les barrières pour cet univers. Comment voulez-vous qu’une entreprise choisisse un réseau social dans lequel s’investir, puisqu’ils sont tous déconnectés les uns des autres ?

    Bref, sale quart d’heure pour le sympathique Patrick Chanezon, de Google, qui venait de présenter Open Social, le système Google de widgets... plus ou moins fermés ! En tout cas loin d’être ouverts et inter-opérables...

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              On high gas prices, signs of relief    

    You might get an unexpected surprise at the gas pump over the next few weeks: lower prices.

    Over the past seven days, the wholesale price of gasoline has plummeted 24 percent as the nation's refineries have kicked up production and foreign imports have flooded the country. This steep drop in prices has yet to show up at the pump, but most energy analysts expect it will. In fact, by July 4, Americans may be able to drive to fireworks displays without needing to take out a bank loan to pay for their fuel.

    "As long as nothing else major happens, like a major refinery fire, we are starting to see the beginning of the downturn," says Doug MacIntyre, an oil market analyst at the Energy Information Agency in Washington.

    Prices are falling despite roiled international oil markets. This week, Iraq, apparently unhappy over the prospect of a stricter sanctions regime at the United Nations, decided to close the spigot on 2 million barrels of oil per day - an amount that is hard to replace immediately. Then, on Tuesday, at a meeting in Vienna, the oil-producing cartel OPEC said it would postpone a decision on how to react to Iraq. It left its oil production unchanged. However, the oil markets shrugged off the news, and the price of oil and gasoline fell again on Tuesday.

    "Let's just say that Iraq stops filling up its last couple of tankers in the next day or two. So there won't be an impact on the gasoline markets until mid-July, and right now the [futures] market is saying this is not a huge issue," says Adam Sieminski, an energy analyst at Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown Inc., a brokerage house.

    One of the reasons the market may be less concerned is that Iraq has either shut down or slowed its exports before - usually just prior to the UN considering another six months of sanctions in its oil-for-food program.

    Last December, Iraq also restricted its exports when it wanted to be paid in euros instead of dollars. The earlier shut-downs lasted no more than a month. "We do not know what Iraq's game plan is," said Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi in a Reuters news story. "Will this last a day, a week, a month?"

    If Iraq remains shut down for a month, energy analysts are convinced Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, or Venezuela - all with spare capacity - will ratchet up their exports. OPEC has scheduled a meeting for July 3. "They could readily make up the loss," says John Lichtblau of the Petroleum Industry Research Foundation in New York.

    The Iraqi action comes at a time when gasoline inventories are rebuilding.

    Over the past several weeks, refineries have been operating at 95 percent of capacity to get ready for the summer driving season. Now, according to the American Petroleum Institute, gasoline inventories as of June 1 are higher than they were last year at this time. "That has to be good news," says Bill Hickman, a spokesman for API, which released inventory numbers yesterday.

    As the inventories have increased, the wholesale price has dropped from a peak of $1.16 a gallon on May 23 to 88 cents a gallon. However, this has not really shown up in the retail prices, which have dropped only a few pennies a gallon.

    According to the latest government survey, the average retail price for regular gasoline is $1.679, down from $1.713 on May 14.

    "I am presuming retail prices are going to come down to reflect how strongly inventories have built - this is an extremely competitive business in terms of marketing," says Mr. Sieminski.

    But energy analysts doubt the retail price will fall as much as the wholesale price. "I imagine the oil companies will be a lot slower to lower prices as their costs come down than they were to raise them on the way up," says Mike Fitzpatrick, an energy analyst at Fimat Energy Futures in New York. For example, refineries in California are warning that they may cut production if they are not exempted from the rolling blackouts.

    Putting the RVs in park

    Some folks seem resigned to higher prices. "Like it or not, we've got to ride this thing out, because let's face it, it's the only thing we can do. The big conglomerates like OPEC don't care what we have to say," says Doug McCollum, manager of Rocky Mountain RV, a Butte, Mont., dealer of recreational vehicles.

    Higher prices have cut into promotions during what is the area's busiest season. Normally, the company sends dozens of recreational vehicles to shows throughout the state, but this year gas prices have forced them to be frugal.

    "We don't move units to other towns unless we have to," Mr. McCollum says.

    The hardest-hit of his customers are the weekend road warriors, who are less inclined to pack the family in the Winnebago and head for Glacier National Park.

    "High fuel costs have dampened sales, no doubt about that," he says. "A lot of people who like to get out every weekend with their RVs just aren't going as much."

    $250 to fill-'er-up

    While consumers just have to grin and bear the higher prices, some truckers have started to pass on their higher diesel costs. That's the case with Charlie Hoekema, a long-haul trucker. "If you're going to be here next year, you've got to pass on your costs," he says from his office in Amsterdam, Mont., near busy Interstate 90.

    Mr. Hoekema says that when gas went over $1.50 a gallon, he told his customers he was assessing a surcharge. "You don't realize just how much more expensive it is until you pull up to the pump," he notes, pointing out that a fill-up that used to cost $125 is now $250.

    With the price of diesel falling at the same rate as gasoline, that fuel bill is likely to come down soon as well.

    Todd Wilkinson in Montana contributed to this report.

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              100 Social Media Facts and Statistics for 2015   
    Back in 2013 I linked to some (not so) surprising facts about social media.  Two years is a lot of time and a lot of things has changed since.  So here comes 100 social media facts and statistics for 2015.  These spread from general statistics to service-specific ones, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, … Continue reading 100 Social Media Facts and Statistics for 2015
              Vital Content Marketing with LinkedIn   

    In today’s competitive marketplace, content marketing becomes ever-more-important, and should definitely be a piece in your agency’s marketing puzzle.  Content marketing helps you accomplish more, while using less of your valuable financial resources.  And LinkedIn provides a perfect avenue for … Continue reading

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              Stephdokin Digital Brand Services (Audit, Dashboard, Marketing)   

    Stephdokin is a Digital Brand agency that offers 3 services to customers: 1) Digital Brand Audit 2) Digital Brand Dashboard 3) Digital Brand Marketing Establishing how your brand appears online is the first step in a journey of web excellence. The Stephdokin Digital Brand Audit helps you create a starting “Point A” framework that gives all stakeholders in your business a common 00.understanding of the strategic roadmap needed to get to “Point B.” When evaluating your digital brand, we can include many different dimensions of your online presence, like: • Website traffic • Website lead generation and sales conversions • Google Performance • Social media channels • Mobile • SEM and SEO excellence • Competitive benchmarking • Peer benchmarking … and more. In our online audit, we’ll recommend a Digital Brand roadmap that includes the people, processes and tools you’ll need to get going. We’ll also help you define the Key Performance Indicator measurements you’ll implement on your operational and management dashboards. Stephdokin is a marketing agency. We help companies with all aspects of creating physical and digital brand materials and campaigns - Website creation / design - Website reviews / optimization - Search engine ranking (SEO) - AdWords (+LinkedIn, Bing, Facebook ads etc…) - Channel / partner planning & management - Mailing list setup, management and eNewsletters - Marketing brochures - Videos, Infographics, eBooks, Case Studies, Guest Blog Posts - Trade show booths - Email newsletter designs - Press releases - Social media publishing - etc... Let’s Get Started!
              LinkedIn Guru Reveals Marketing Secrets   
    LinkedIn Guru with 7,500 active USA connections has decided to reveal some of his LinkedIn marketing secrets.

              Google Launches ‘Google Hire’, a Job Search Service   

    ‘Google Hire’ is being launched by the world’s largest technology giant Google. It seems to be gearing up to launch a new job application website which will track and manage applications to rival services like LinkedIn and Jobvite. The website is now up and can be accessed via URL. The company has already launched […]

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              Mejora tus ventas en México gracias al mercadeo en Linkedin   

    Mejora tus ventas en México gracias al mercadeo en Linkedin Las herramientas con las que cuentan actualmente particulares y empresas permiten crear campañas de marketing desde cualquier lugar y dirigirlas a cualquier tipo de mercado. Los smarpthones y las tablets pueden no ser la herramienta más útil para crearlas, pero si queremos recabar información acerca ...

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              Life, Love, Sex, HIV and Other Unscheduled Events   

    That's my topic (and my life story) and I'm sticking to it. Welcome to Dr. Bob's blog. I promise future posts will be positively teeming with life lessons, love stories and steamy sex, all focused through the unforgiving prism of HIV.

    However, by way of introduction to the new kid on the blog, I thought I would begin with some of my life's "unscheduled events," which have led me to this very point in my excellent adventure on this wild and wacky planet.

    First, by way of full disclosure (note to self: blog about disclosure sometime soon), I must admit I'm new to this whole blogosphere thingy. It's not that I tend to chisel my correspondences onto stone tablets, but rather that I'm not the kind of guy who readily tweets, Flickrs, LinkedIns or Facebooks.

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              Business Intelligence APIs from Clearbit   

    Are your customers raving about you on social media or are they complaining? If you don't know where your customers hangout on social media, you can't possibly know what they are saying. Plenty of solutions allow you to track keywords like your business and product names, but making the link between an existing customer and social accounts can be tricky, particularly if you have hundreds or thousands of customers.

    In many cases, this becomes a reactive process where your company attempts to figure out if the complaint is coming from a customer after the complaint happened by seeing if anything about the social account maps back to a known representative from an existing account relationship. A better approach would be to create a dossier of customer social accounts, which would allow for better relationships before a problem arises.

    How can you build out a collection of social profiles? One way is to throw people at the problem and have your customer service team attempt to look up all your customers one at a time. This simply doesn't scale.

    A better solution would be to use the data you have about your customers, like email addresses and names, to find your customers with a programmatic solution. Using the public API from Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and any other social network you consider important is one way to accomplish this, or you could use an API that aggregates all the social data the way Clearbit does.

    Send the Clearbit API a customer email address and the company does the heavy lifting to return all the data from a variety of social networks. Once you get the data, you can store it in your CRM and use it to inform the tools you use for monitoring social networks and engaging with customers.

    Clearbit also provides additional API calls for looking up data about companies, verifying addresses, and OFAC compliance screening. While you certainly can build out custom code to do each of these functions in house, something like Clearbit can save you time with a reusable solution that gets you up and running faster than coding it yourself might.

    You can try out Clearbit with 50 free API calls per month, with pricing starting at $99 monthly for the full service.

              7 Best Job Search Apps for Android and iPhone (2017)   
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    The Internet has made job searching easier than ever before. You can look for the jobs posted by companies for your country or even for overseas locations right from your smartphone. There are plenty of apps available to find jobs specific to a country, domain, skills or even nearby jobs. To keep you updated with the job openings at all times, here I am covering the best job search apps so that you never miss any opportunity. Get Latest Vacancies With These Best Job Search Apps 1) LinkedIn Job Search LinkedIn, a social networking website for to connect with professional

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              The Warp and Weft of Soviet Asia    

    BUKHARA was one of the three famous oases on the western end of the famous caravan route, the Silk Road, to and from China. Samarkand and Tashkent were the other two. Textiles and their raw materials were a very valuable part of the trade. One can imagine cotton being sent east from Egypt and silk west from China, where it was considered precious enough for the Chinese to guard the secret of its origin for 1,000 years by threatening anyone divulging the secret with summary execution.

    Bukhara was once called "The Noble," a city of mosques and mina-rets when it was the center of an important khanate under the Islamized descendants of Genghis Khan. Today it is undistinguished, having lost, along with many of its architectural monuments, the lingering glamour cast by Venetian Marco Polo's 13th-century accounts of his travels along the Silk Road.

    While some historians feel that Bukhara was founded in the 1st century AD, the actual date is unknown. The city is first mentioned in Chinese chronicles of the 5th century.

    For centuries, the city was a busy trading center peopled by a mix of Uzbeks, Tajiks, Arabs, Russians, Turkmens, Persians, and Chinese. The Russian czar added the area to his empire around 1868. The interesting buildings crumbled, and only one tall minaret remains.

    After the Russian Revolution, Bukhara became the center of the Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic. Ethnic nomadic traditions were repressed, and industrialization was implemented. The two rivers that ran through the dry steppes were diverted to irrigate large-scale cotton growing, with the result that now the water level of the marshy Aral Sea has been significantly lowered and the environment degraded.

    In 1991, after the breakup of the Soviet Union, Uzbekistan, where Bukhara is located, joined the Commonwealth of Independent States, and there has been an increasing desire to acknowledge and learn about its cultural heritage.

    Textiles have always been a very important part of this heritage. The Textile Museum in Washington, D.C., has mounted a striking exhibit of traditional weavings from the area. These are not ancient, as they are deemed to have been worked during the period between the annexation by the czar and the formation of the Soviet Union, but tribal patterns have changed little over centuries and therefore can be accepted as representative of traditional local design and execution.

    THIS exhibition introduced me to many designs of the region. My previous acquaintance was only with the knotted pile rugs called "Bokhara" in older references. (Other phonetic spellings of the name also appear.) These "Oriental" rugs were extremely popular in Europe and the United States, especially during the latter part of the last century and the beginning of this one.

    Their patterns were neat, tight geometrically stylized motifs whose backgrounds were usually deep and glowing reds. They were woven by the more-or-less nomadic tribes who roamed the estimated 85,000 square miles of what was then referred to as Turkestan.

    The rugs were shipped westward from Bukhara. The merchants at the receiving end in Constantinople cared little as to which tribe did the actual weaving. The rugs were stamped "Bokhara" and that is how they came to be known.

    The pile rug is represented in the show by the specialized prayer rug. These were small in size (usually around 3 by 5 feet), upon which the devout Muslim prayed five times each day. The designs tend to feature a pointed arch called a niche, and, in some cases, a depiction of a lamp hanging down from the niche. This particular rug, which is featured in the exhibition, is made of fine wool, with the customary light field of the niche (white symbolized modesty) showing up against the handsome red.

    But in the Textile Museum show we also see designs and materials that are quite different from the dense wool pile rugs. A child's robe of silk is striking for the freedom of the design sweeping diagonally across the front and for the interesting asymmetry of the sleeves.

    The child's jacket has silk threads in both the warp (vertical threads strung on the loom) and the weft (horizontal threads shuttled across the warp by the weaver), giving the colors great luster and vibrancy. The region's preferred color (red) appears together with a vivid orange shade contrasted with a black motif. As red signified joy, life, and happiness, the color was very appropriate for the garment.

    The dyes may be synthetic, as anilines began to be used in the last century. If the dyes were manufactured by the weavers, the red would be taken from the madder plant or the cochineal bug. A deeper red was made from a base of sheep's blood and required a secret process, which was said to make the color very permanent.

    THE design of the silken cloth is rendered by the ikat method. Ikat is an Indonesian word only recently in general English usage. It is a form of tie-and-dye. In this process, the yarns that are supposed to resist the dye are tightly tied in bundles before dying. (Only the warp yarns are tied.)

    This method of printing always results in the edges and lines of the design being blurred and soft - never crisp the way printing on finished fabric can be. Another bold pattern consists of slightly flattened bright red disks running horizontally on a white field with a small, black, three-pronged motif in between them.

    It seems that almost as soon as humans invented weaving - as they anciently did, all over the globe - they immediately began designing and patterning their textiles.

    Does this show that our thin-skinned species, unfurred, un-feathered, unscaled, has a need, not only for a covering to protect us from the elements, but also for the creative production of beautiful woven objects, skillfully executed? The weavings shown on these pages are from "Bukhara: Traditional Weavings from Pre-Soviet Central Asia" at the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C., through March 7.

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              A Year After War, Unity Eludes Arabs    

    ONE year after bombs began falling on Baghdad, the Gulf war has left Arab nations humiliated by that crushing display of Western military might, profoundly divided among themselves, and searching vainly for a new regional order to restore their voice in world affairs.

    That is the view of Arab and Western diplomats, officials, and intellectuals on both sides of the Gulf crisis that destroyed the old Arab system without sowing the seeds of its replacement.

    Even with Saddam Hussein still in power in Iraq, Iranian leaders increasingly active in their search for influence in the Middle East, and governments from Algeria to Jordan under pressure from Islamic fundamentalists, there are no signs of a concerted effort by Arab leaders to ponder how their region should seek stability and security in the emerging new world.

    Still reeling from the Gulf war, they have been unable even to convene an Arab summit to discuss issues.

    "There is a sense of defeat among all major trends in Arab politics," says Mohammed el-Sayed Said, an analyst at the prestigious Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies. "It looks like we are in for a period of extreme futility with a high level of disillusion and disorientation."

    From the Arab perspective the only positive outcome of the war, besides Iraq's expulsion from Kuwait, has been the launching of a peace process involving Israel and her neighbors. The US diplomatic drive to stage these talks was widely seen as the inducement Washington offered Arab countries to join the anti-Iraq coalition.

    Now "the US is morally committed to give some concessions to its Arab allies," says Assad Abdul Rahman, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization's Central Council. "Nothing short of territorial compromise on the question of Palestine will justify the US Arab allies' claim that their position in the Gulf war was worthwhile."

    For Tahseen Bashir, a former Egyptian ambassador to the United Nations, the peace talks "offer the Arab world a psychological safety net. By containing the conflict [with Israel] in some form of negotiation, [US Secretary of State James Baker III] helped the Arab system not to break up even further."

    But the price has been high, with the negotiations framed almost exactly as Israel had wanted, and disunity is widely blamed for Arab failure to secure an international conference with United Nations participation.

    After the Gulf crisis blew away any semblance of the old Arab order, the new alignments that developed around and against Iraq were expected to take its place. "But there was a tendency to overestimate the permanency of some changes that were only battlefield conversions," a Western diplomat says.

    On the one hand, Jordan and the Palestinians, sympathetic to Iraq during the war, have scrambled onto the US-led peace train; while on the other, the planned grouping of the Gulf states with Egypt and Syria has faltered.

    "The rapidity with which the Gulf countries returned to their idea of comfortable isolation was surprising," the Western diplomat says, and their refusal to invite Egypt and Syrian troops to ensure Gulf security in return for financial aid - a deal enshrined in the Damascus Declaration they all signed last March - has angered Cairo and Damascus.

    "The Gulf rulers are still nursing their vendetta against Iraq, not knowing what to do but relying heavily on the West, which makes the Arab system a shambles," Mr. Bashir says.

    This attitude has exacerbated resentment against the Gulf states among other Arab countries, and "the question raised by Saddam, what about the gap between rich and poor Arab nations, is being raised by the people," says Lutfi el-Khouly, an editorial writer for the Egyptian establishment Al-Ahram newspaper.

    Some analysts still expect alignments in the Arab world to fall into the traditional pattern of pro-Western governments, such as Egypt and the Gulf countries on the one hand; and more radical countries, such as Iraq, Sudan, and perhaps Algeria on the other. But there are growing worries that the Gulf war has atomized the region.

    Last year's massive intervention in the Gulf has led to "centripetal forces within the Arab world becoming much weaker vis-a-vis the pull of external forces" says Egyptian leftist writer Mohammed Sid Ahmed.

    For one Egyptian official, "the injury is so deep in the body politic of the Arab world that it will need more time to heal, and there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein's disappearance is an essential element for Arab unity."

    Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Esmat Abdel-Meguid also believes in the healing properties of time, but his organization, which might have been expected to lead the way in reconciling its members, has made no bold initiatives to do so. (Interview, Page 3.)

    Nor has Egypt, traditionally a leader in Arab affairs, made an effort to map out a new direction. It is deterred, the Western diplomat suggests, because "a number of the problems that afflict the Arab world are not soluble with rhetoric or leadership, they need resources, often money. And Egypt has very little of that."

    Beneath the failure of Arab governments to structure new alliances, many thinkers in the region detect a deeper malaise among the general Arab public, fostered by the Arab system's failure to prevent the invasion of Kuwait, negotiate an end to it, or find a way forward from the war.

    "There is a general disgust with Arab politics all over the region," worries Sayed Said. "Everyone wants to de-link from them, saying it is too difficult, too disparate."

    The signals of strong Arab frustration, agrees Sid Ahmed, are clear. He points to the wide support Saddam Hussein enjoyed just for standing up to the West, the welcome with which much of the Arab world greeted the failed Soviet coup last August, and the rise of Islamic fundamentalist forces in Algeria and elsewhere.

    Recalling the emergence of fundamentalism in the Middle East in the wake of the disastrous 1967 Six-Day War the Arabs fought against Israel, he predicts that the movement will grow. "Historically, it has been hyperactive when there has been a strong projection of Western ideas and power in the region," as now, he says.

    But in the face of this unprecedented lack of Arab unity and weakening faith in political solutions, no individual leader or country has emerged.

    Saudi Arabia shows no sign of interest in a pan-Arab role. Iraq, for the time being, has been destroyed, and Saddam Hussein is widely blamed for the catastrophe of the war.

    In Syria, President Hafez al-Assad confronts economic woes and has lost regional credibility by allying himself with the US. In Egypt, President Hosni Mubarak has none of the charisma of a Gamal Abdel Nasser.

    "The Middle East is leaderless," says a Western diplomat. "And since no one is able now to speak with authority in the region, national interests reign supreme."

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              How To Extend The Reach Of Your Content Using LinkedIn, with Sean Jackson   
    LinkedIn may well be the most overlooked and underrated social network. There are a lot of great ways to get more out of the network than most people realize … and we re here to help you find out how. Sean Jackson is the CFO of Rainmaker Digital and host of The Missing Link, a podcast... Listen to episode
              What To Do If TweetDeck Crashes   

    TweetDeck is an Adobe Air desktop application for Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google Buzz, Foursquare and MySpace. Much like Twitter itself it interfaces with the Twitter API to allow users to send and receive tweets and view profiles. Many users have reported that this application has crashed on them numerous times when they have been using […]

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              How To Stop TweetDeck Freezing On Your PC   

    TweetDeck is an Adobe Air desktop application for Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google Buzz, Foursquare and MySpace. Much like Twitter itself it interfaces with the Twitter API to allow users to send and receive tweets and view profiles. Many users have reported that this application has frozen on them numerous times when they have been using […]

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              10 Steps to Power-Up Your LinkedIn Profile   

    With over 300 million professional users worldwide, having a strong LinkedIn profile is essential for any marketer or business owner today. Whether creating for the first time or revamping your personal profile, these 10 must-do tips will make the difference between being found once a day or 100 times per day.

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              Goodbye LinkedIn Products & Services   

    As of April 14th LinkedIn will be removing the Products and Services tab from company pages. Essentially they are discarding years of hard earned recommendations, associations with employee profiles and career connections for over 3 million companies with these pages.

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              It's Not Over 'Til The Fat Hippo Sings    

    PICTURE a two-ton hippopotamus, snoozing in a deceptively quiet fashion in murky river water; or on shore, its thick skin, tank-like body, and giant jaws in full view, munching grass. Then picture an earnest, 140-pound reporter with a microphone and tape recorder in hand, trying to coax sound out of these shy, but dangerous creatures. My hippo ``hunt'' (for sound and photos) took place recently in Africa's biggest and most remote game reserve, the Selous.

    Day 1. My photographer wife, Betty, two friends, and I hiked down a steep bluff from our tent camp and boarded a small motorboat for a ride on the wide Rufiji River, home to thousands of hippos.

    As our boat approached the first batch of hippos, I set up my microphone. This would be easy, I thought, since I had been assured hippos are unabashed noisemakers.

    But as we moved closer, most of the hippos sunk underwater.

    When they surfaced, all we could see were their eyes and ears, like submarine periscopes. And not a sound.

    Hippos - whose full name, hippopotamus, is seldom used - are especially equipped for submarine-like living. They can hold their breath for up to 20 minutes underwater. Baby hippos suck milk from their mothers underwater. And hippos can walk, even trot, along river or pond bottoms.

    Day 2. This time we set out on an all-day river trip, on a bigger boat: about 20 seats, with a nice roof for shade.

    We came across a group of hippos standing on a sandbar. It's only when hippos are out of the water that you appreciate their enormous size. But big and tough as they were, they ran for the protection of the familiar water, their thick, stubby feet propelling their box-car bodies at surprising speed. They dove into the water. Sometimes hippos shoot up halfway out of the water, then dive in again, their gigantic rear ends making a huge splash as they go under. If they would just learn back dives, you could see their pink tummies.

    Hippos spend most of the day in the water, coming out to graze at night. Unlike the many crocodiles we saw along the river, hippos are not meat-eaters. African folklore explains it this way:

    Hippos were first created to live on land. But they preferred the cool water because the African sun is so hot. The creator believed the hippos would eat all the fish if they were allowed to stay in water. So a deal was struck: The hippos got permission to live in the water but promised not to eat the fish. And to prove they were not eating fish, the hippos agreed to open their mouths wide now and then to show there were no fish inside.

    The day-long river trip was fun. But my tape was still empty.

    Day 3. Having failed to record hippo sounds by boat, I decided to ride a car up to an inland hippo pond.

    As I crouched in the hot midday sun on the shore, waiting to record some of the hippos in the pool, an armed ranger stood behind me. Hippos have attacked and killed people on occasion. It is especially dangerous to get between a hippo and the water, or between an adult and its baby.

    And sometimes they come right out of the water and attack. A man from Scotland who stayed in our camp told me that while staying at another camp, he had been chased by a hippo coming out of the water. It chased him all the way to his cabin, where he ran in and shut the door.

    I felt safe with the ranger nearby, until I glanced over my shoulder and saw him peering into the bullet chamber of his old rifle - to see if it was loaded?

    Hippos can be dangerous to hippos too.

    I saw a picture of a wounded hippo with a deep gash in its forehead from the powerful bite of another hippo. Hippos sometimes fight in the water, awesome open jaw to open jaw. This morning, two hippos starting fighting on shore, then tumbled down the steep bank together, like two giant wrestlers. Apparently the fall surprised both of them because they stopped fighting once they hit the water.

    Here at the pool, all I was accomplishing was giving the hippos some noontime entertainment. Under the scorching hot sun, I had sat for half an hour on the shore, waiting for the hippos to sound off. While I sweated, the hippos watched me from the cool water.

    I gave up on that uncooperative group and turned my attention to an old bull hippo soaking alone nearby. He had a reputation for charging people. But even he was holding his huge tongue today.

    This afternoon, we took one more trip in the small boat. This time our motor broke down, right near the spot where a bull hippo with a mean reputation had just sunk out of sight.

    Hippos are big enough to come up under a boat, and overturn it. They can also bite through the bottom of a boat, which they have done on this river. It was a mysterious feeling, not knowing where the bull hippo was. We have had numerous big hippos suddenly surface and charge our boat.

    So all eyes were on the spot where the bull had disappeared as we passed over it. Our captain was paddling hard, with the only paddle on board, one that looked like a hippo had bitten away half of it. We were glad when we reached shore safely.

    One night, in desperation for hippo sounds, I even asked some children in camp to imitate them. The children were good sports, but they sounded pretty weak compared to the enormous noises hippos make.

    The next morning we flew out of the camp. But a few days later, at Ruaha National Park, also in Tanzania, I thought I would make one last try to capture hippo sounds.

    An hour before dark, I got my tape recorder out and walked to the edge of the river, where a dozen hippos and two dozen eyes watched my approach. Some of the hippos sank quickly beneath the water. When they surfaced, they sprayed the air with water as they exhaled.

    After half an hour, several hippos began snorting and calling - giant blasts of sound: a series of deep, low grunts, sometimes ending with high-pitched squeal: huh, huh, huh, huh, huh, heee.

    One would start, then another ... sometimes a whole group of them were bellowing at the same time. My tape recorder picked it up easily for a Christian Science Monitor radio program.

    By now it was dark, time for the hippos to come out of the water. They seemed to be eyeing me with impatience.

    So I walked back to the car, climbed in, and packed my tape recorder away. Then, just as we were starting to drive away, the whole hippo pool exploded with noise. Maybe they were laughing at my efforts to record them. Or maybe they were just saying goodbye.

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              The Trail to Eagle Scout    

    AS a Scout earning a swimming merit badge, I had trouble with the sidestroke. Dad took me up to the lake at Camp Tamarancho in the rolling, oak-spotted hills north of San Francisco. The late afternoon sun lay lazily on the docks that stretched along the lake where Scouts still swim in the summer. We had the lake to ourselves. As I stripped down to my bathing suit, Dad quickly flipped through ``The Boy Scout Handbook,'' glanced at the cover, and laid it on the dock next to my clothes. He didn't have to read about the sidestroke and swimming merit badge; he knew what the book said. ``Jump in,'' Dad told me, as he sat down on the dock and put his bare feet in the water. ``Now remember, reach up and pick the apples off the tree and put them in the basket.''

    The other day, a friend dropped by with a copy of the new edition of ``The Boy Scout Handbook.'' On the front cover are four simple words: The Trail to Eagle. I flipped through its pages, remembering countless stories from my travels down the trail to Scouting's top achievement. Funny thing is, although I'm familiar with almost everything in this book, I can't recall ever having sat down to read it.

    I come from a family three generations thick with Eagle Scouts. Gramps and Dad always kept plenty of copies of the handbook around for my brother and me and our friends. I always had a copy stuffed in my back pocket at troop meetings. It came in handy during knot-tying relays, first-aid competitions, and map and compass games. Once, our troop built two 25-foot signal towers for a Scout festival. The handbook gave us all the information we needed for the project: selecting and cutting poles, designing and lashing the towers, and semaphore.

    When I was 13 years old, the scoutmaster of another troop invited a friend and me on a backpacking trip in Kings Canyon National Park in the Sierra Nevada. Steep-walled granite canyons, chiseled by glaciers and glowing red and white with sunlight, accepted no argument from humans. Streams lined by meadows of lupines and azalea flowed like fountains.

    The scoutmaster challenged us as much as the mountains did. We learned not to cook or clean dishes within 100 feet of the lakes and rivers we camped near. We always walked on the trail in single file, so as not to widen the path. And we made sure our campsites were left cleaner than when we found them.

    Scouting is about leadership and teamwork. The group was behind schedule one day of the trip. The scoutmaster sent three of us ahead to try to reach our destination, set up camp, and get the evening meal going for the rest of the group. I was one of the three because I had been on the trail before.

    At one point, the path dipped into a pond and disappeared. The three of us split up and searched for the trail, staying within voice range. ``I've got it,'' Ben called out. Rob and I joined him, and debated for a minute, unsure if what Ben found was the trail or a deer path. We decided to take it, and promptly got lost. After hours of backtracking we found the trail again, and caught up to the slow group at the campsite just in time for dinner.

    After breakfast the next morning, I packed up my gear, but still needed my cooking equipment. The dishwashers that morning hadn't finished them, so I did them myself.

    The last night of the trip, we sat around a campfire and listened to our leader. ``I've seen some Scouting on this trip,'' he told us. ``We sent a fast group on ahead and it got lost. But the important thing is that they stuck together, used their heads, and found their way. Scouting is common sense. Always think.''

    He went on, ``I saw a Scout who, when he finished his responsibilities, picked up a dirty pot and helped the rest of the group. That is what Scouting is about.'' And I could tell from the tone in his voice that he wasn't just talking about scrubbing a pot on a pack trip.

    As soon as I was old enough, I worked at Marin Sierra Scout camp in the northern Sierra Nevada for several years. During my younger Scouting days I earned many merit badges and burned many meals there. Early one morning, a young Scout in my swimming merit badge class asked me for extra help with his sidestroke. I grabbed a towel and met him at the waterfront.

    We had the lake to ourselves. We walked out on to the docks that stretch out over the water. The boy stripped down to his bathing suit, tossed his clothes in a pile, and laid a copy of ``The Boy Scout Handbook'' next to his clothes. I glanced at the cover for a moment; I knew what it said about the sidestroke. ``Jump in,'' I told him, as I sat down on the dock and put my feet in the water. ``Now, remember, reach up and pick the apples off the tree and put them in the basket.''

    This new edition of the handbook is impressive and encouraging; it greets the reader with a hardy official Boy Scout left-handed handshake and smile. It speaks about outdoor adventures, caring for the environment, and community awareness. It urges guys to lace up their hiking boots and strap on their backpacks. And it seems to know its place: A Scout learns with his feet on the trail, not with his nose in a book. that, is ``The Trail to Eagle.''

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              Фонд Гришина, владелец Alcatel и певица Шакира вложат $14 млн в игровой смартфон   

    МОСКВА, 28 июня. /ТАСС/. Венчурный фонд сооснователя Group Дмитрия Гришина Grishin Robotics инвестирует в разработчика игрового смартфона Wonder, вложив большую часть средств в рамках инвестиционного раунда A общим объемом $14 млн. Об этом говорится в сообщении Group. Помимо Grishin Robotics, в раунде приняли участие один из крупнейших в мире производителей электроники TCL (владеет брендами Alcatel и Palm, работает с Blackberry и Samsung) и инвестор Oculus и Hyperloop One — фонд сооснователя Palantir Джо Лонсдейла 8VC. Кроме того, в компанию Wonder в рамках этого раунда вложили средства инвестор LinkedIn и Pandora и ряд «бизнес-ангелов», среди которых испанский футболист Жерар Пике и бразильский футболист Неймар, а также певица Шакира. До этого инвесторами Wonder стали основатель SEGA Хаяао Накаяма и создатель Atari Нолан Бушнелл. Компания Wonder занимается разработкой специального игрового устройства — гибридом мощного смартфона и игровой консоли. Параллельно Wonder разрабатывает программную составляющую, формируя экосистему сервисов, приложений и контента. Компания-разработчик игрового смартфона расположена в Лос-Анджелесе и была основана выходцами из Microsoft, HTC, Disney, Apple, Sony, Activision, Riot Games, Google и Facebook. Гришин, слова которого приводятся в сообщении, считает, что игровая платформа Wonder обладает огромным потенциалом. «Мы предпочитаем инвестировать в компании, где мы не только верим в будущее бизнеса, но и понимаем, как наш опыт и экспертиза помогут основателям стать еще более успешными», — добавил он. Источник новости

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              Сооснователь Mail.Ru и Шакира инвестировали в игровой смартфон   

    Фонд Grishin Robotics вместе с футболистом Жераром Пике, певицей Шакирой и другими инвесторами вложил $14 млн в стартап Wonder. Компания намерена представить специализированный смартфон для игровой индустрии Американская компания Wonder закрыла инвестиционный раунд на $14 млн, лидирующим инвестором в котором стал фонд Grishin Robotics председателя совета директоров и сооснователя Mail.Ru Group Дмитрия Гришина, говорится в сообщении фонда, поступившем в РБК. Стартап работает над созданием игрового смартфона и новой мобильной экосистемы, ориентированной на геймеров и потребителей развлекательного контента. Полученные средства пойдут на дальнейшую разработку и расширение команды, в которой на данный момент уже работают выходцы из Microsoft, HTC, Disney, Apple, Sony, Google и Facebook. Вместе с Grishin Robotics в Wonder инвестировала китайская корпорация по производству электроники TCL (выпускает смартфоны под брендом Alcatel), венчурный фонд 8VC (создан одним из основателей софтверной компании Palantir Technologies Джо Лонсдейлом), компания Moonshots Capital (инвестор социальной сети LinkedIn), а также несколько частных лиц, среди которых футболисты Жерар Пике и Неймар, а также певица Шакира. По данным Crunchbase, это второй инвестраунд для Wonder. В июне 2016 года компания привлекла неназванную сумму от основателей компаний-разработчиков компьютерных игр SEGA Хаяао Накаямы и Atari Нолана Бушнелла, а также актера Кевина Спейси и других частных лиц. Таинственная разработка Wonder создана в 2015 году в Лос-Анджелесе предпринимателем Энди Кляйнманом, который ранее работал в Disney. «Компания намерена представить устройство нового типа — гибрид мощного смартфона и игровой консоли, параллельно разрабатывая программную составляющую и развивая экосистему сервисов, приложений и контента, в полной мере использующих уникальный функционал нового форм-фактора», — говорится в сообщении Grishin Robotics. Детали разработки не раскрываются, на сайте компании говорится, что проект ведется в закрытом режиме. Энди Кляйнман не ответил на запрос РБК. «У игровой платформы Wonder, которая максимально задействует возможности уникального «железа» в дополнение к софту, огромный потенциал. Мы предпочитаем инвестировать в компании, где мы не только верим в будущее бизнеса, но и понимаем, как наш опыт и экспертиза помогут основателям стать еще более успешными», — приводятся в сообщении слова Дмитрия Гришина. Grishin Robotics создан Гришиным в 2012 году, объем фонда составляет $100 млн. Компания работает с предпринимателями в сферах робототехники, искусственного интеллекта, интернета вещей и сопутствующего программного обеспечения. В портфеле фонда сейчас находятся 15 стартапов, среди которых Occipital — 3D-сканер для iPad, а также система доставки товаров с использованием автономных мобильных роботов Starship. «Складывается впечатление, что Wonder делает специализированный смартфон для виртуальной реальности (VR). Предполагаю, что он будет работать на базе одной из существующих доступных операционных систем — Android, Windows Mobile или Tizen», — рассказал РБК президент Sistema Venture Capital Алексей Катков. По его словам, рынок смартфонов и VR-устройств очень сложный, высококонкурентный и ресурсоемкий. «Вывод на этот рынок любого нового устройства — сложная и дорогая история, в которой не столько важна технология, сколько маркетинг и глубина кармана инвесторов. Но есть явный тренд, в которой данный стартап точно попадает. На рынке уже поняли, что среднестатистический смартфон не может обеспечить полноценное погружение в виртуальную реальность, потому что для этого требуются совершенно другие вычислительные мощности и профессиональная компонентная база», — говорит Катков. По его мнению, место на рынке для специализированного VR-смартфона есть, однако компания наверняка столкнется с конкуренцией со стороны Google в комбинации с их VR-платформой DayDream, а также, возможно, с Apple и их платформой дополненной реальности для iOS, которую недавно показали разработчикам. Место на рынке По данным компании Newzoo, которая занимается аналитикой в мобильной индустрии, на рынке игр и киберспорта, по итогам 2016 года объем мировой индустрии игр вырос на 8,5% до $99,6 млрд. Четверть всех доходов приходится на Китай, а весь Азиатско-Тихоокеанский регион генерирует около 47% выручки в данной сфере. По прогнозу аналитиков, к 2019 год объем игровой индустрии в мире достигнет $118,6 млрд, из которых $52,5 млрд будет приходится на мобильные игры. Рынок игрового «железа» — один из самых перспективных, говорит генеральный директор Acer в России Дмитрий Кравченко. «На общем фоне снижения продаж традиционных персональных компьютеров, игровые решения и сопутствующие товары наоборот пользуются все большим спросом. Например, Acer со своей игровой линейкой Predator увеличил продажи за 2016 год на 64% в этом сегменте», — говорит Кравченко. По его словам, VR — один из актуальных трендов, бурное развитие которого связано, в том числе, с появлением большого количества игрового и развлекательного направления в данном направлении. По оценке IDC, которую приводит Дмитрий Кравченко, объем рынка виртуальной реальности в 2017 году в мире составит порядка $14 млрд, а к 2020 году увеличится до $143 млрд. Источник новости

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              Cerner picking up big business from small hospitals   

    Small hospitals made for the majority of new business for Cerner this past year, according to a new KLAS report, due to the popularity of its easy-to-use CommunityWorks platform.

    In fact, the KLAS report found many technology vendors are shifting strategies to the community hospital space, as providers with fewer than 200 beds accounted for nearly 80 percent of EHR buying decisions in 2016.

    [Also: Jonathan Bush: Athenahealth relishes 'stealing patients']

    Epic continued its market growth, too, but mostly with larger hospitals and integrated delivery networks. More than half of IDN contracts went to Epic in 2016, according to KLAS. About one-quarter opted for Cerner, however, and one of those network contracts was for a consortium of 30 "microhospitals" of fewer than 15 beds, according to KLAS.

    In general, small hospitals are recognizing the need for reasonably priced interoperability with proliferating Epic hospitals, the report showed, and many smaller facilities have also contracted for Epic's Community Connect tool to enable that.

    Another development in 2016 was athenahealth's continued foray into the acute space since entering the market in 2015. The Watertown, Massachusetts company more than doubled its hospital clients, with one-third of them having more than 25 beds. KLAS says the new customers like the agile cloud-based platform, unique cost structure and inpatient/outpatient integration.

    Still, the report suggests that perceived functionality gaps among ancillary departments could have some hospitals looking elsewhere, and KLAS said it will be looking for further evidence of sustainability for athenahealth's scaled-up hospital efforts.

    For more traditional community hospital vendors MEDITECH and CPSI, the news in 2016 wasn't so rosy. The former company did gain 17 new hospital clients, but of its legacy customers that made a purchasing decision this past year, more than half opted for a new vendor. Most of them cited insufficient development and skepticism that the technology will be able to meet their future needs, according to KLAS.

    Meanwhile, about half of the hospitals that replaced either CPSI's Evident or Healthland platforms opted to go with athenahealth, looking for better usability and support, the report showed.

    Other EHR vendors in the KLAS report included Allscripts (retention and wins meant a net gain in 2016, its clients citing "strong functionality with some gaps"); eClinicalWorks ("very little movement … lost key inpatient development customer in 2016"); MedHost ("slight decrease in overall acute care market share") and McKesson ("many users feel Paragon does not meet their needs, and many are uncertain about its future due to McKesson’s plans to sell it").

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              MassHealth CMO shares lessons learned from redesigning its delivery system for population health   

    MassHealth restructured itself as an integrated healthcare delivery system and, in doing so, took its time and made sure that literally everyone was involved.

    The engagement process was extremely robust, including stakeholders in the processes and development of our ACO initiative, said Carolyn Langer, MD, chief medical officer and director of the office of clinical affairs at MassHealth.

    “In terms of the process, it was pretty formally structured, done over a year and a half, engaging stakeholders across a broad base including patients, providers, government agencies, health plans, the usual suspects, but also advocacy groups that represent consumers and special populations that may require specific services,” added Linda Shaughnessy, director of the quality office at MassHealth. “So we got a broad base across a formal period of time and covered a series of different topics to address delivery system restructuring. Further, there were a number of workgroups that handled specific areas, convening throughout the year.”

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    Because MassHealth serves a Medicaid population, Langer said it was critical to have a deep understanding of its sub-populations.

    “Advocacy groups and consumers included a broad swath of people with significant representation from behavioral health and long-term services and supports,” Langer said. “And we had eight workgroups meeting for several months, and then some of the workgroups continued on. There were also a series of town hall meetings and other opportunities for specific types of experts and stakeholder input.”

    Part of the value of this process was identifying linkages and accountability across departments, Shaughnessy said.

    “It really allowed us to identify unmet needs or challenges in the delivery system,” she said. “For example, identifying transitions in the coordination of care, and again really focusing not just on the medical side but the long-term services and supports and the integration of behavioral health. It’s a collaborative process and it is iterative, and as it is iterative it builds buy-in along the way. It also provides insights, as we are developing and designing, into the feasibility and readiness among the different stakeholders being able to implement the restructuring.”

    Through the design of the ACO model, the organization is not just prioritizing accountability for medical care but also promoting integration between physical health and behavioral health and between physical health and long-term services and supports, Langer said.

    “So holding the ACO accountable for developing these partnerships, but also promoting linkages with community-based organizations and community partners that can help to further assess the needs of our members and resources for them in the community,” she said. “As an example of how we use the stakeholder engagement process to do this, we have several workgroups, for example the quality measurement workgroup, where we engaged this multidisciplinary team to help us think about a set of guiding principles and quality measurement domains to ensure we are really promoting quality of care across all of these different areas, like prevention and wellness, chronic disease management, behavioral health, substance abuse, long-term services and supports, care integration, and patient experience.”

    Shaughnessy and Langer will discuss their experience at the HIMSS and Healthcare IT News Pop Health Forum, April 3-4, 2017, in the Westin Copley Place in Boston, Massachusetts.

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              Hacker Kevin Mitnick on the dangers of human factors for health data security   

    Legendary hacker Kevin Mitnick, who spent nearly three years as a fugitive from the FBI before being arrested in 1995, had some valuable advice for the healthcare chief information officers at the CHIME-HIMSS CIO Forum on Sunday.

    Mitnick, who penetrated the networks of companies such as Sun Microsystems, Nokia and Motorola during the '80s and '90s and spent five years in prison, now works as a white-hat security consultant. With a series of amusing but sobering demonstrations, he showed just how easy it is for cybercriminals to take advantage of human error to create near-endless opportunities for data breaches.

    Shrewd hackers don't have to be technology savants. They can make use of social engineering – manipulation, deception, trust-building – to trick unsuspecting users. And it's much "easier than executing a technical exploit," said Mitnick.

    Just ask John Podesta, chair of the 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign, whose trove of emails was accessed thanks to a spear phishing attack and subsequently posted to Wikileaks. You're probably familiar with the rest of the story.

    With a series of live demos, Mitnick showed how laughably easy it is to trick people into inserting trojan-infected USB drives into their computers and enable a remote hacker to gain access to operating systems and webcams. He also showed how unsuspecting employees can be duped into joining spoofed wireless networks, which enable large-scale credential harvesting; and how hackers can "weaponize" fake software updates to gain free reign over a system, undetected.

    Back in his black-hat days, Mitnick was able to get hold of source code from Motorola simply by calling an 800 number and using some tech-jargony sweet talk to convince a security staffer there to transfer it to a separate server. That type of employee trust – that susceptibility to a well-played confidence game – can be just as dangerous as any brute force attack.

    He said it was key for healthcare organizations to shore up their defenses by developing social engineering resistance training programs and performing penetration tests to discover which employees might be most likely to take the bait, helping build a "human firewall" by educating employees about the dangers of too much trust or too little vigilance.

    Mitnick's keynote came just as a new survey was published on Feb. 19 by CHIME and KLAS, revealing findings that CHIME CEO Russell Branzell called "stark and concerning." Just 42 percent of the healthcare organizations polled have a vice president or C-level official in charge of cybersecurity, it found; only 62 percent discuss security at quarterly board meetings.

    And only 16 percent of the providers surveyed (primarily large hospitals and integrated delivery networks) say they have "fully functional" security programs in place, according to CHIME.

    Essential to the success of any such program is to focus as much on social engineering as much as technology protections, said Mitnick: "The human factor is the weakest link."

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              Hospitals still having a hard time connecting with physician EHRs   

    A recent report from Black Book Market Research shows 41 percent of hospital administrators are still finding challenges exchanging electronic health record information with other providers. A disheartening 25 percent say they can't access any patient data from external sources.

    As health systems lean on their EHRs to help them tackle population health management for value-based reimbursement, clearly vendors whose products can easily connect with other platforms are preferable. Black Book shows that its top-ranked vendors make use of HL7's FHIR specification to drive interoperability.

    "Integrated delivery network EHRs are the future's source for trusted provider data integration and leading to the increase in physician EHR replacements in line with the hospital system," said Doug Brown, managing partner of Black Book, in a statement.

    When hospitals make use of FHIR-optimized systems, he added, "the entire provider network gains the data exchanging functionality to better serve patients. Physician groups continue to lack the financial and technical expertise to adopt complex EHRs which are compulsory to attain higher reimbursements by public and private payers."

    [Also: Meaningful use expert: Time to think about next generation interoperability]

    Other findings from Black Book show continuing struggles for physician practices and the hospitals trying to connect with them. The firm polled more than 3,300 EHR users, who weighed in on their use of – and satisfaction with – the systems. Among the data points:

    • 70 percent of hospitals aren't using patient information outside their EHR, saying that provider data is missing their EHR systems' workflow;
    • 22 percent of medical record administrators said what transferred information was available wasn't presented in a useful format;
    • 82 percent of independent physician practices said they weren't confident that their EHRs had the connectivity and analytics capability to manage the risk requirements of accountable care;
    • 63 percent of those physicians said they're considering joining a larger integrated healthcare organization for technology and financial reasons;
    • 92 percent of hospital executives said the reimbursement realities of Medicare's Quality Payment Program will lead to more physician and post-acute provider acquisitions this year.

    The good news: Some EHR vendors are getting the job done. Of those polled for the report, these inpatient systems ranked first in client experience for 2017, according to Black Book:

    • Evident CPSI, for small and rural hospitals with fewer than 100 beds
    • Cerner for community hospitals of 101- 250 beds
    • Allscripts for large medical centers with more than 250 beds
    • Cerner for hospital chains, systems and IDNs.

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              athenahealth CMO: Our big moonshot for 2017 is EHR ROI   

    Almost every healthcare CFO signed off on a big check to implement electronic health records software in the past six years. Not because they knew it would bring the same financial return as a shiny new MRI machine or building to house a slick surgery center, but instead because the federal government said they must.

    athenahealth chief medical officer Todd Rothenhaus, MD, made that assertion in a pre-HIMSS17 interview.

    “Our big moonshot work here in 2017 is getting back to a true ROI,” Rothenhaus said. “We’re working to get past the idea that an EHR is a necessary expense. Instead it’s a tool for automation.”

    Rothenhaus added that one part of the company’s move into the post-EHR era will include an “ROI guarantee” along the lines of the offer it laid out ahead of the ICD-10 conversion deadline. And while Rothenhaus did not reveal the exact percentages of the ROI guarantee, CEO Jonathan Bush at that time threw down the coding gauntlet: “We’ll get you to ICD-10 or you don’t have to pay for it.” 

    [Also: Post-EHR era: Empty buzzword or here before long? CIOs weigh in]

    In addition to the ROI guarantee, Rothenhaus said athenahealth is working to leverage its technologies to create cloud services that link patients to tests and treatments, find gaps in care, and facilitate claims -based analysis layered with clinical data.

    “We’re now integrating that with our athenaClinicals EHR service – that’s the future,” Rothenhaus added. And while the company spent it’s first years thinking about what Rothenhaus called “the box that was a medical group or hospital, now it’s about the network.”

    That network includes athenahealth clients, accountable care organizations, integrated delivery networks, and to a certain extent doctors using other EHR platforms operating as part of a care team for patients also seeing other physicians who are using athenahealth services.

    Rothenhaus added that in those instances the care teams can even be practicing coordinated care without realizing that they are all looking at the same patient information.

    “The patient,” he said, “is a network.” 

    HIMSS17 runs from Feb. 19-23, 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center.

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    Recently, someone asked me whether they could sue their employer after they were dismissed and the employer provided them with a good reference on LinkedIn. The short answer is: not really. But, like all things legal, it depends.
              Two Must Read Reports on Nonprofit Capacity Building   

    Two reports have been released on the topic of capacity building:   “Supporting Grantee Capacity: Strengthening Effectiveness Together,” from GrantCraft, a service of the Foundation Center and “Strengthening Nonprofit Capacity” from GEOfunders. This post summarizes gems from both reports.  … Read More

              La RAE y la BNE firman un convenio de colaboración    

    La Real Academia Española (RAE) y la Biblioteca Nacional de España (BNE) han firmado hoy un convenio con el propósito de crear «vínculos entre las colecciones digitales de la BNE y los materiales lexicográficos y otros recursos de la RAE».

              Fin de curso en la Escuela de Lexicografía Hispánica   

    En un acto celebrado en la sala Rufino José Cuervo, el director de la Real Academia Española (RAE) y presidente de la Asociación de Academias de la Lengua Española (ASALE), Darío Villanueva, ha presidido hoy, 27 de junio, la última sesión del XV curso de la Escuela de Lexicografía Hispánica (ELH).

              Participación académica en los cursos universitarios de verano   

    Distintos miembros de la Real Academia Española (RAE) y de la Asociación de Academias de la Lengua Española (ASALE) intervienen en los próximos meses en conferencias y cursos de verano de diferentes universidades e instituciones españolas.

              Entrega en la RAE de los Premios Jóvenes Talentos de Coca-Cola   

    Esta mañana se ha celebrado en el salón de actos académico la gala de entrega de premios de la 57.ª edición del concurso Coca-Cola Jóvenes Talentos de Relato Corto, en el que, por cuarta vez consecutiva, colabora la Real Academia Española (RAE).

              Los reyes de España presiden por segunda vez el pleno de la RAE   

    Los reyes de España han presidido hoy, 22 de junio, la junta de la Real Academia Española (RAE), celebrada, como cada jueves, en el salón de plenos de esta institución tricentenaria fundada en 1713.

              José Manuel Sánchez Ron, galardonado con el Premio Julián Marías    

    José Manuel Sánchez Ron, catedrático de Historia de la Ciencia y actual vicedirector de la Real Academia Española (RAE), ha sido galardonado con el Premio de Investigación Julián Marías 2016, concedido por la Comunidad de Madrid en reconocimiento a su carrera científica en el área de las Humanidades.

              Acuerdo de colaboración entre el CGPJ, la RAE y la AEBOE   

    El Consejo General del Poder Judicial (CGPJ), la Real Academia Española (RAE) y la Agencia Estatal Boletín Oficial del Estado (AEBOE) han suscrito hoy un convenio destinado a «interconectar la edición electrónica del Diccionario del español jurídico, las bases de datos de legislación de la AEBOE y la base de datos d

              CEDRO entrega sus premios escolares en la RAE   

    El director de la Real Academia Española (RAE), Darío Villanueva, ha participado esta mañana en la entrega de los premios de la xi edición del concurso escolar «Si eres original, eres de libro», otorgados por el Centro Español de Derechos Reprográficos (CEDRO), en una gala celebrada en el salón de actos de la Academia.

              Centenario del natalicio de Augusto Roa Bastos    

    Hoy, 13 de junio de 2017, se cumple el centenario del nacimiento —en Asunción, el 13 de junio de 1917— del escritor paraguayo Augusto Roa Bastos (1917-2005).

              Un retrato de Baroja de la pintora Sofía Gandarias, donado a la RAE   

    Esta mañana, en la sede académica, se ha hecho efectiva la donación a la RAE, por parte de Enrique Barón Crespo, de un retrato al óleo del escritor y académico Pío Baroja (1872-1956) firmado por la pintora Sofía Gandarias (Guernica, Vizcaya, 1951-Madrid, 2016).